The Washington Capitals played their first game of the 2017-18 season yesterday, beating the Ottawa Senators in a shootout after a handy hat trick from Alex Ovechkin. On the other end of their season, the Washington Nationals are playing their first game of the playoffs today. Both current and former Capitals came out to Nationals Park to support their DC baseball counterparts.
Tom Wilson, who is currently serving a four-game suspension for boarding the Blues’ Samuel Blais, shared his excitement for the game on both Twitter and Instagram.
— Tom Wilson (@tom_wilso) October 6, 2017
RMNB reader Stephanie W. also ran into Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner while walking into Nats Park. The Montreal Canadiens came to town this morning ahead of the team’s game against the Caps at Capital One Arena on Saturday night.
Wilson and Alzner both attended a Nats game as part of a Caps outing in May 2016, enjoying the game in a private suite with other Caps players like Brooks Orpik, Braden Holtby, Nate Schmidt and the adorable children of various teammates.
Notable political figures also made appearances at the game tonight. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer expressed his excitement on Instagram that Representative Steve Scalise was throwing out the game’s first pitch.
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DC mayor Muriel Bowser also showed her support for her city’s baseball team, rocking a Nats jersey and hat as she waved to the crowd.
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The Nationals currently have home-field advantage in their first-round series against the Chicago Cubs, who won the World Series last year after a nearly 100-year long championship drought. The Nats will face off against the Cubs again tomorrow night, playing at the same time as the Caps open their season on home ice.
It’s a big time for DC sports y’all. Let’s all get hyped up like Wilson.
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