(Here's Livo napping between pitches? No, this is Livo moments after Chris Denorfia of the Padres nearly took his head off with a line drive during a game back in June 2011. Go watch the video here, or below. Screen grab via TV/MASN)
"It was really, really scary. I opened my eyes again, and I’m thinking, ‘I could be done.’ I got lucky on that one. That might have been the end of my career right there."
(Livan Hernandez, via Washington Post, 6/10/2011)
Nope, he's not done yet: Mike Rizzo doesn't want him anymore, but Livan Hernandez signs minor league deal with the Astros.
"Any time you get a chance to bring in an experienced Major League veteran, you've got to consider it. He brings a lot to us in terms of a veteran presence in the clubhouse and his ability to pitch a lot of innings and give our team a chance to stay in games, and that's really a big part of why we wanted to do it."
(Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, via Astros.com, 1/31/2012)
Also, he's a hell of a racquetball player. And man, can he bunt. And, he can hit. And, he can pitch.
Thanks for the memories, Livo - from the first pitch in the history of the Washington Nationals to your last, you'll always be a Washington National, you know?