At 6:45 PM, Adam Oates made his first public appearance as the new Capitals head coach, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals/Rockies game.

Oates, wearing khakis and a white #77 Nats jersey, lobbed in a high-arching ball to Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler, who was crouched down and catching at home plate.

Video is below the jump.

The Nationals made a solid choice in having Detwiler catch for Oates. Ross grew up in Wentzville, Missouri and was a huge Blues fan growing up. In fact, Oates, who centered future Hall of Famer Brett Hull in St. Louis, was traded away to the Bruins when Detwiler was 7-years-old.

“I remember growing up watching them on the local TV channel 11 in St. Louis,” Detwiler recently told MASN’s Byron Kerr. “Anytime I can go to a [Blues] game, I go to a game.”

Before the ceremony, Oates got a full tour of the Nationals clubhouse and even got a chance to meet Bryce Harper before going out to the field. When asked if he did anything special to be ready for the pitch, Oates replied that he would being going out to the mound cold.

Thankfully, everything worked out and Oates avoided having a John Wall moment.


Adam watches batting practice.

Oates meets Harper in the lockerroom.

Oates talks to Detwiler and a club official before taking the mound.

The pitch (Photos via the Washington Capitals’ Instagram account).

  • “mario lemieux averaged more assists per game than oates” …. are … what? What is that Nats scoreboard?

  • they were trying to throw him off his game so he would walk the batter.

  • smellypiratehooker

    Terrible timing on the photo, but it’s the closed captioning of what the announcer was saying. Watch the video and you’ll catch it.

  • Ben Reed

    Text scroll of the announcer saying “Only Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux averaged more assists per game.” Obviously bad timing on the photo.

  • Alfie Alexander

    I was wondering this as well when it was posted on the Caps facebook page earlier today. If you watch the video above, you’ll hear the announcer say “….only Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux averaged more assists per game than Oates.” The scoreboard was simply providing closed captioning and the photo just happened to catch the tail end of it.

  • Sgt. Hartman

    Good throw…and no “mom” jeans!