Sunday night, Capitals forward TJ Oshie spent his off day with his family. The Oshies went to the Warner Theatre for Peppa Pig Live.
TJ wore a Daddy Pig shirt while his daughter Lyla wore a fashionable pink “Oink!” tee to the show.
For those who don’t have kids, Peppa Pig is a popular British preschool animated TV series. I’ll let Wikipedia explain the plot.
The show revolves around Peppa, an anthropomorphic female pig, and her family and friends. Each of her friends is a different species of mammal. Peppa’s friends are the same age as she is, and Peppa’s younger brother George’s friends are the same age as him. Episodes tend to feature everyday activities such as attending playgroup, going swimming, visiting their grandparents, cousins, going to the playground or riding their bikes.
The characters wear clothes, live in houses, and drive cars, but still display some characteristics of the animals on which they are based. Peppa and her family snort like pigs during conversations in which they are speaking in English, the other animals make their respective noises when they talk, with some exhibiting other characteristics, such as the Rabbit family’s communications of squeaking sounds and their enjoyment of carrots.
Reader and former RMNB videographer Max Duchaine went to the show and noticed Oshie was in the crowd.
My wife and I took our daughter to see Peppa Pig Live at Warner Theatre last night. It was…something to behold. But Elliott had fun and that’s all that really matters. About 30 minutes prior to showtime, my wife sees a man and his family walking down the aisle to their seats, roughly 5 rows in front of ours. She notices him for the t-shirt he’s wearing, featuring Daddy Pig, the Pig family patriarch, with the words “Daddy Pig” printed across the chest. A perfectly cheeky (that’s the British way of saying “funny”) wear for a father attending a live performance of his daughter’s favorite cartoon.
What she does not notice him for is the fact that he’s TJ Oshie, forward for the Washington Capitals, owner of the silkiest set of mits in the Metro and one of Uncle Sam’s favorite sons.
The ensuing conversation went something like this:
Wife: “Look at that guy’s shirt. That’s so funny. You wouldn’t wear something like that.”
Me: “Huh? No probably no- uhh…that’s TJ Oshie.”
Wife: “No way. How can you tell?”
Me: “Because THAT IS TJ OSHIE!”
Wife: “I don’t believe you.”
Me: “Ugh. Hold on. I’ll prove it.” *pulls up his Instagram*
Wife: “Oh shit! That’s TJ Oshie!”
Wife: “Cool. You still wouldn’t wear that t-shirt.”
Me: “Yeah. Probably not.”
For the most part, I think he went unnoticed. I watched him leave, return with snacks, never to be bothered by anyone. He held his daughter high on his hip, dancing and pointing at the gigantic British puppets, probably dreading the trip past the pop-up gift shop with the overpriced stuffed animals.
They’re really just like us.
Yup. But just really good at hockey.
Headline photo: @lauren.oshie
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