May 2, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielderNate McLouth
(15) blows a bubble while on 3 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals defeated the Phillies, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Start off your weekend with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:
LaRoche uses DH spot to give quad break
OAKLAND — Adam LaRoche might have started as the Nationals’ designated hitter during Friday night’s contest against the A’s, but he had plenty to do in between at-bats.
The slugging first baseman, who ranked 10th in Major League OPS (.941) entering the series, has been battling a quadriceps injury the past couple of weeks. So when he wasn’t in the batter’s box or in the on-deck circle Friday night, chances are LaRoche was up in the visitor’s clubhouse getting in-game treatment.
“It’s a little cooler over here, so that may be the best thing to come up [to the clubhouse] and keep a hot pad on it, maybe jump on the bike and keep it moving in between at-bats,” LaRoche said. “Could actually be good if it’s cool outside.” Read full article here.
MLB’s Mother Day salute special for McLouth’s mom
WASHINGTON — When Major League Baseball brings awareness to breast cancer each year on Mother’s Day, Pam McLouth has a wish to attend the special game in which her son, Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth, is in the lineup.
Pam won’t be able to make it to this Sunday’s game, when the Nats are in Oakland facing the Athletics, but Nate will make it up to her by sending her the pink bat and the batting gloves that he will be using in the game.
“She has a nice collection of pink stuff. It’s important to her,” Nate said. “Hopefully, she can come to an actual Mother’s Day game.”
Why is this Sunday a special day for Pam McLouth? She is a breast cancer survivor and she’s proud to say she’s in full remission. Pam’s illness was discovered when Nate was starting out in the Pirates organization in 2001. Read full article here.
Nats players talk about their favorite ladies: their moms
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Major League Baseball will go to bat against cancer next week, wearing symbolic pink ribbons and using pink bats. The Nationals will have an honorary bat girl, Ashburn cancer survivor and mother of two Annie Arensdorf.
This week, the team will have an eye on all moms.
For every MLB player that made his dream come true, there was a mother who inspired him and cheers him on.