Spring training can be weird. Last February, the Nationals were visited by a camel. Earlier this week, Nationals pitchers spent the day throwing lettuce.
Wednesday, Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, who is considered one of the greatest NHL defensemen of all-time, stopped by the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to meet the Nationals.
Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton geeked out meeting the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks alumnus.
— Carol Maloney (@carolmaloney4) February 20, 2019
According to MASN, Orr, who now serves as a hockey agent, lives near West Palm Beach in Jupiter, Florida. He is friendly with the Nationals’ visiting clubhouse manager, Matt Rosenthal, whose son plays youth hockey.
Rosenthal invited Orr to come see camp and meet the players, but no one was as excited as Adam Eaton.
“I mean, arguably top two players of all time? Arguably,” Eaton said to MASN. “I mean, I was speechless. It’s hard for me to be speechless, as you know. It’s hard for me to be at a loss for words. And I wanted to talk to him, but nothing came out when I was talking. It’s really cool.”
Eaton posted about meeting Orr on his Instagram.
Mike Rizzo, the Nationals General Manager and known Chicago Blackhawks fan, was in awe while giving Orr a tour. He said he got a photo and will frame it in his office.
— Sherree Burruss (@SherreeBurruss) February 20, 2019
“And on top of it all, he’s a great human being,” Eaton said. “I really enjoyed the 30 seconds I got to talk to him. It was awesome. Probably the highlight of my spring training. It already happened.”
— MLB &NHL News Now (@MLB_News247) February 21, 2019
— Paxton Boyd (@paxton) February 20, 2019
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