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Nats’ Adam LaRoche talks Buck Commander, Racing Presidents and #VoteRendon on MLB Network

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Chris Rose and Kevin Millar welcomed Adam LaRoche on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” before the Nationals pounded the Orioles on Wednesday.

They did not ask LaRoche why he’s walking more and striking out less this season, though you can read about that here. They did ask the Nationals first baseman about Buck Commander, the Racing Presidents, beards and the player in every Nationals fan’s Twitter feed — Anthony Rendon.

LaRoche on the Nats player who wants to appear on his hunting show, ‘Buck Commander':

“Man, there’s been a few of them. Denard Span I think has mentioned it, believe it or not. [He’s] never fired a weapon, I don’t think he’s ever been in the woods, so he may be a prime candidate.”

(As for Bryce Harper, LaRoche said he “talks a little too much” to make a good hunting partner. “I don’t know if I could sit in the tree with him.” And yes, he smiled after he said this.)

LaRoche on #VoteRendon:

“Believe it or not, he’s a pretty shy kid. He’s just one of those guys it’s hard not to love him. Obviously you guys have seen what he can do on the field. I feel like he deserves to be there, so we’re going to do everything we can. But, awesome, awesome teammate to play with, and, I think I’ve said this before, that guy is going to win more than one batting title before this is over with. He’s just a pure hitter.”

LaRoche on the Presidents Race at Nationals Park:

“We obviously have to watch it every night. As far as players go, I can’t speak for everybody, I think it’s a little over the top. But then again, the fans love it. That’s what it’s all about. They’re the ones paying to come in here and watch it, and they get fired up. Half the time it’s a standing ovation for that race.”

LaRoche on the best and worst parts of having a beard:

“It’s great camo. The worst part is, when it’s 95 degrees, it gets a little hot.”

LaRoche on what music he listens to before  game:

“I like silence. As a matter of fact, I sneak away into a back room and get about a 30-45-minute nap before every game. So, no music whatsoever. … I don’t have any bunk mates in there yet, but the door’s always open.”

For everyone but Harper, of course. He talks a little too much.

You can watch the full segment below.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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