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Livo: "I’m really happy for them"

Sep 21, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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Livan Hernandez has a 5.05 ERA in 42 appearances with the Braves and Brewers.

He's still won more games than any other pitcher in Nationals history, throwing more innings and recording more strikeouts than anyone who has ever worn the uniform. He started on Opening Day three times, threw the first pitch in a major-league ballgame in Washington, D.C., in 34 years and remains one of the most popular players to wear a curly W cap over the last eight seasons.

So it shouldn't come as much surprise to learn Livan Hernandez still reserves a special place in his heart for the Nationals and for the city of Washington. And it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn the veteran right-hander was watching last night when the Nationals clinched their first-ever playoff berth and felt an emotional tug for his ex-teammates exchanging high-fives in the middle of the diamond.

By quirk of the schedule, Hernandez happens to find himself at Nationals Park this weekend, now a member of the Brewers bullpen (after pitching for the Braves earlier this season) and trying to help his current club make a late push for its own postseason berth.

The 37-year-old pitcher known and loved by the Nationals and their fans simply as "Livo" took time this afternoon to discuss his feelings for his former team, a town that still feels like home to him and theRead more ยป

  1. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    I love me some Livo! Still my all-time fave Nat because he sacrificed a lot in '05 and '06. He also showed me how smart you can play the game. (Ahh, those amazing bunts, and the fielding – especially of bunts as he ran off the mound to get them and turn a DP. )Glad he's still pitching. May bring my Thank You Livo sign tomorrow!

  2. JaneB - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Thank you for this! Viva Livo! I hope I get to call that out to him during this stand.

  3. natsfan1a - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Love you, Livo!

  4. sm13 - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Livo is and always has been a class act.

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