(Adam LaRoche battled with the buttons of his jersey early on in his introductory press conference, but it all turned out ok. Screengrab via MASNSports.com.)
Hey, why doesn't Ryan Zimmerman show up to these introductory press conferences anymore? No show for Werth...no show for LaRoche...where's the Face of the Franchise?
Anyway, Mike Rizzo went out of his way to pump up LaRoche as an "elite" defender. Here's LaRoche on defense:
"Defense is something especially on the infield and in my position, I have a chance to bail out guys a lot. I can make them look really bad, or I can make them look really good. It's something I've always taken a lot of pride in. I love when those guys make a great play and an errant throw and to be able to bail them out and potentially save some runs."
(Adam LaRoche, via Nationals Journal/Washington Post, 1/14/2011)
Sounds good. But then, LaRoche has never had to bail out Ian Desmond for an entire season.
Also, following in the long tradition of lobbying in Washington, LaRoche took the opportunity to lobby for a job with the Nats for his brother Andy (3B):
"I would hope that would be a possibility," Adam said about Andy joining the Nationals. "I can put in a good word for him. ... Seeing him across the diamond and sharing a locker right next to him was unbelievable."
(Adam LaRoche, via Bill Ladson/MLB.com, 1/14/2011)
Can Andy pitch? That might help his chances.