It has been easily forgotten because of everything that has transpired since, but it's worth a friendly reminder: Adam LaRoche carried an injury-plagued Nationals' lineup during the first two months of the 2012 season.
While Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos all spent time on the disabled list, LaRoche was the one constant offensive producer for the Nationals in April and May that season. He led the club is homers, RBI, walks, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, delivering clutch hit after clutch hit for a team that burst out of the gates en route to an MLB-best 98-win season.
And two years later, history is repeating itself. With Zimmerman, Ramos and now Bryce Harper all on the DL, it's LaRoche who once again is carrying the Nationals' lineup, delivering big hits all over the place to help keep his team afloat during trying times.