Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton reads to children

Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton red to kids at Tenleytown library.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Saturday morning after a big win for the Nationals and the DMV is basking in the glow of victory.

It's a double-edged sword for Nats outfielder Adam Eaton who's on the disabled list with a torn ACL.

He spent his morning getting and giving love, though, through reading.

A packed house filled the Tenleytown Public Library in D.C.

Kids and their parents hung on every word Eaton, who was injured the first month of the season.

"When I tore my ACL the first thing that came to my mind is...this is bad," he said.

"I'm walking which is good," he added. "I just started walking about 2 weeks ago, so everything is going really well."

The Q and A session before the reading brought some light moments like when a youngster asked who Eaton's favorite teammate is, which drew a laugh.

After thinking about it a minute, he picked Daniel Murphy, "'Cause he's kinda weird." 

There were some teachable moments, too.

"I was told I was too small didn't have any projectability and wouldn't be anything more than a fourth outfielder."

This for a guy who led the league in assists and double plays turned as an outfielder last year after being drafted 571st in the 19th round -- the same year as teammate Bryce Harper.

He started reading, "The Kid from Diamond Street" and and everyone listened.

"Edith Alton used to say, 'I guess I was born with a baseball in my hand.'"

Seven-year-old Nats fan, Justin Heffernan explained why he showed up at the library on a Saturday morning.

"Because Adam Eaton's here for the Nationals," he said. 

It was all a precursor to the up close and personal meetings.

Eaton spoke to every child who stood in line.

"How we doing? What's your name?" he said. "Josh, I'm Adam nice to meet ya."

Reflecting on the morning Eaton said the questions were, "very insightful, without a doubt."

Brice June ended up at the library with some classmates and his cousin.

"We all came out here to meet Adam Eaton and it was pretty fun," June said.

He said it makes him want to read more.

That's a good goal to come out of a reading event.

The event was part of the D.C. Public library's summer reading program. Every child who reads for eight hours this summer will receive two free tickets to a Nationals game...but they have to sign up for the program.

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