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Just two days away from NatsFest 2014, the Nationals have added a surprise special guest. Former Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez - who threw the first pitch in the history of the Nationals - will now be in attendance to meet with fans and look ahead to the new season.
Nats owner Mark Lerner made the announcement via MLB.com on Thursday:
We are also expecting a special visit from arguably our most beloved Nationals alum, …Livan Hernandez. Livan, who threw the first pitch in the history of the Nationals, completed his 17-year big league career in 2012 with 178 wins, 44 of which came as a member of the Nationals. It will be fantastic to sit down and catch up with Livan.
Hernandez last pitched in 2012 with the Milwaukee Brewers after a career of 17 MLB seasons. Seven of those years were spent with the Nationals' franchise; two with the Expos in Montreal and five more in Washington.
Hernandez held a 4.44 career ERA and was an All-Star with the Nationals in 2005. After leaving the team for Arizona in 2006, he returned in 2009 for three more years with the club. The right-hander started three Opening Days for the Nationals (2005-06, 2011).
For a list of current Nationals expected to attend, click here.