Dec. 8, 2011
In two weeks, John Lannan is going to get married. In a couple of months, he will be in Florida for spring training with the Washington Nationals.
This past Saturday, he found himself back in his old stomping grounds, sort of. The 27-year-old Lannan was introduced to the crowd at Times Union Center at halftime of the Loyola-Siena basketball game. He was being inducted into his alma mater's sports Hall of Fame.
"It is special to come back to where it all started and see (Siena baseball) coach (Tony) Rossi," Lannan said after the short ceremony. "I used to go to basketball games all the time, used to work the 50-50 raffle and cheer for the team. It was an awesome experience coming back. It kind of humbles you and makes you feel more about where you came from."
Lannan went 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA for the Nationals last season, his fourth full one in the big leagues. When he played at Siena, of course, he would think about one day getting the chance to throw fastballs and curveballs to Albert Pujols.