Saturday at Harry Grove Stadium was Hockey Day. The Frederick Keys staff wore hockey gear (I’m wagging my finger at you, girl in Malkin shirsey), and two former Washington Capitals, Craig Laughlin and Alan May, threw out the ceremonial first pitches and signed autographs for fans on the concourse.
Before the first pitches were thrown, however, there was some intrigue.
The night before, during the Caps telecast, Laughlin promised to CSN Washington’s Joe Beninati that he would zing the ball into home plate going “105.”
Let’s goooooo to the videotape.
Both pitches were low and outside – I think. (Peter, you had one job.) They did not hit the dirt or the backstop and no fans were injured, so let’s just call this a success.
After he left the field, I asked Laughlin if the pitch made it up to 105 MPH.
“104!,” Laughlin said with laughter. “I meant kilometers. Everybody thought I meant miles per hour. I meant kilometers, which means 60!”
I’m pretty sure it didn’t go that fast either.
Meanwhile, the BFFs, who consistently chirp one another on-air, chirped each other while signing autographs for fans. They happily signed for everyone, even me! Alan even wrote me a special message.
“Ian, No more tights please!”
Not everyone was a fan of my Brouwer Ranger outfit.
I told Locker I wrote for RMNB. It is a blog and stuff. He wrote a special inscription for me too.
“To Ian, I have never read your stuff but heard it’s awful! Locker”
Yeah, I really don’t think he knows who we are.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) April 12, 2014
After Laughlin and May were done meeting the adoring public, I’d bought them a beer to show them my thanks. May has introduced all of our RMNB on CRL segments and Locker has made watching Capitals games a joy for decades. I owed them. They asked my opinion on what they should drink.
Locker and Alan had their very first Natty Bohs today.
They then spent an hour mingling with all the RMNB readers who came out to watch the Keys game with us. That was really kind.
All in all, it was a really fun day and you totally missed out for not coming. Shake your keys!
Thank you to the Frederick Keys and the great Caps fans who attended today's game.I had a wonderful afternoon!
— Craig Laughlin (@Laughlin18) April 12, 2014
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