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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Adam LaRoche is a Buck Commander

By Dan Steinberg

So the Nationals signed Adam LaRoche. And this long post over at Nationals Enquirer about Adam LaRoche's extreme fondness for hunting triggered something in my soul. It just felt very familiar, somehow.

So I thought, and I thought, and I thought, and then I remembered: I once interviewed LaRoche in an RFK Stadium clubhouse, after Willie Robertson -- of the famed Duck Commander clan of Louisiana waterfowl hunting icons -- came to D.C. to hang out with LaRoche (then of the Pirates) and former Nats outfielder Ryan Langerhans. Here's what I wrote about the origins of this relationship:

LaRoche had called Duck Commander HQ and requested a hat; the Duck Commander guys had never heard of him, although it would seem that everyone's heard of the Duckmen, who are famous for their huge beards and wild look.

"In the hunting industry, they're pretty big time," Langerhans said.

"They're kind of the big leagues of duck hunting; any water fowler knows the 'Duck Commander' series," LaRoche agreed.

(For the record, LaRoche has a duck-hunting icon tattooed on his right arm. It's the image of a Drake, which is also the name of his son.)

Then the Duck Commanders reached back out to LaRoche about bringing MLB guys in as Buck Commanders, if I'm reading my own story correctly. The idea was to make yearly DVDs with deer-hunting highlights featuring a variety of MLB stars.

"It's got a chance to be a pretty big deal, and the best part is, the guys that are in it have a passion for hunting," LaRoche told me. "Baseball's so short. Later on, [hunting's] something we'll have to play around with."

As you can see, his aforementioned son Drake starred with him in at least one clip.

Also, Stephen Strasburg now has a wacky beard.

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 12:16 PM ET
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He's a duck hunter who named his son "Drake"?

Posted by: comish4lif | January 5, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he can bag a starting pitcher. With or without feathers.

Posted by: eyestreet | January 5, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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