The biggest test of the Washington Nationals season begins tonight at 8 PM ET as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a one-game Wild Card game. The Nationals have fought back from being 12 games under .500 to finishing the season 24 games over .500, becoming the first MLB club in 105 years to complete such a comeback.
In an interview prior to the Wild Card game, outfielder Adam Eaton shared that the Capitals serve as an inspiration to the team, from the way they play on the ice to the way they partied after they won.
#Nats Adam Eaton says the @Capitals Stanley Cup run last year serves as inspiration as they get ready for the #WildCard Game #STAYINTHEFIGHT #OnePursuit #ALLCAPS @russianmachine pic.twitter.com/EcYARuT1gt
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“They’re inspirational. I think that’s one of the reasons why – the last two or three years – I’ve had a Caps hat in here. They show anything is possible,” Eaton said, referencing the Capitals hat he has worn around since arriving in Washington. “They’re a good group of guys that I respect deeply as well as their coaching staff.”
Eaton also mentioned getting to know the team. He became particularly close to Philipp Grubauer, even visiting the former Caps goaltender during the baseball offseason when the Capitals played in Detroit.
“I’ve gotten to know them over the years,” Eaton said. “I’m a big fan of hockey and the tenacity and intensity they bring day in and day out. Like Wilson did trying to fight the whole bench was awesome. Hats off to him. Even if he got a misconduct for it. That’s no big deal. That’s awesome. Like I said, I try to bring that as well. They’re very inspirational to us. They show what a bond of brothers, guys coming together as one can do in this city.”
Eaton finished off by showing admiration to the Capitals’, uh, other accomplishments.
“And the way they partied afterward, I think everyone in this clubhouse would like to do as well,” Eaton said smiling. “We’re not quite hockey players. I don’t know if we’re going to go swimming in fountains or anything but hopefully, that’ll inspire us to get there.”
They might not go swimming in the fountains, but they sure know how to throw a party.
Probably the best video I’ve ever take pic.twitter.com/TSyrgphebj
— Kelyn Soong (@KelynSoong) September 25, 2019
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