Adam LaRoche prefers the woods to the city, so it’s no surprise that he opened his Friday afternoon interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny show by explaining that he was lost in D.C. en route to Nationals Park. This is why I avoid driving in the District at all costs.
Call off the search party, Nats fans; LaRoche found his way over the next 15 minutes after discussing the Nationals’ early-season struggles and his glorious beard.
With the Nats 25-27 entering Friday’s game, Danny Rouhier asked LaRoche what’s different this year versus last year, when Washington fell short of the playoffs despite enormous expectations.
“You know guys, honestly that changes,” said LaRoche, who recently returned from a quadriceps injury. “That changes every few days. I don’t know. There’s time when we feel like it resembles 2012 when we did have some injuries early on and we had young guys come step up and keep us in there until guys got back. And we ended up winning 98 games and found ourselves in the playoffs. And then other days where we’re saying, hey, it’s going to come, it’s going to be there, keep doing what we’re doing. Well, that’s kind of what we were saying last year. We kept saying last year, hey, the offense is going to come around, everything’s going to click, and it never really did until it was too late.
“I don’t want to say there’s an urgency, but there’s always a fear there that, hey, at some point it’s too late,” LaRoche said. “I don’t think we’re anywhere near that mark, but we just have way too good of a team to go out and get beat in some of these close games. You look up and we’re getting three or four hits in a ballgame and, you know, we’re better than that. I think everybody knows it, we know it, and it gets frustrating. That turns into guys probably pressing and trying a little too hard. You get guys hurt, especially some key guys in the lineup, and other guys trying to do a little too much.”
As LaRoche continued to navigate the streets of D.C., Grant Paulsen steered the conversation to more lighthearted matters and asked him about the inspiration for his beard.
“I really don’t know,” said LaRoche, who hunts with the buckmen of Buck Commander, a sister company of Duck Commander. “I started this in probably October or November. I always grow it out somewhat just for the hunting season. … To kind of blend in, I need to have a beard, so I end up growing it out in the offseason and then just didn’t shave for a while, and didn’t shave again, and then this is what we got.”
You can listen to LaRoche’s full interview here.