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Livan Hernandez secret: waking up early

Thursday night's post-game Nats video from MASNSports's video library starts off great, with Jim Riggleman doing some sort of extended camera-blocking shuffle in front of Livan Hernandez. And it only gets better from there, as Livo is asked how he felt during a dazzling complete game win.

"I feel very good," Hernandez explained. "It's a little hot today, try to wake up early so the blood is starting going in the body, more activity, because it's too hot outside and too early a game. Get up 7:30, starting packing, do some stuff, because I don't want to be in the bed until 9 o'clock, 10. But I feel very good, I think that's what helped me a lot, get up early and come to the stadium early and try to do some things and ready for the game."

So that would be three sentences of explanation for throwing his second complete game of the year at age 35, or whatever, all having to do with what time he woke up.

In fact, we've been blessed with a virtually never-ending stream of great Livo details today:

* Teammates call him "The Don." (Kilgore)

* He downed seven bottles of water during the game. (Zuckerman)

* His fastball -- which is slower than Stephen Strasburg's changeup -- is the 15th most valuable fastball in the National League. (Goessling)

And, of course, the classic quote from Willie Harris: "Livan's historical, man." (@adamkilgorewp)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 23, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
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Not Livan's secret: Cardio.

Posted by: pondaz | July 23, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I'd say raquetball counts as cardio. And he's looked in better shape this year than years past.

Posted by: cassander | July 23, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Look, if the vast majority of the best starting pitchers in the league all got up early in the morning, you might have something there.

Somehow I think that there are other factors that are more important....

Posted by: charley42 | July 23, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Y disagree charley42, it really makes a difference; regardless whether you are a MLB pitcher or a RegularJoe! ;)

Posted by: Surfercalavera | July 24, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how there can be a second of discussion about not retaining him in 2010. I don't care if it means that one of these golden boys who haven't thrown 10 pitches all season have to come out of the bullpen. This stud can pitch until he is 40.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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