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Photos by Chris Gordon

Now that the Washington Capitals have been eliminated, it’s time to move on to other things: country music concerts, junior hockey games, and, tonight, baseball!

Caps players seem to love America’s pastime. Some of them prefer a game of catch over the traditional pregame soccer kickaround. Some of them are filthy Blue Jays fansBrooks Laich is a fan as well, and on Monday he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Laich also got an extensive tour of the O’s clubhouse from All Star closer Jim Johnson, a noted New York Rangers fan.

Laich, a righty, managed to throw (sort of) a strike, just like Alex Ovechkin did a year ago. His pitch to outfielder Chris Dickerson was a little outside, but he gunned it in there.

“He said ‘Just don’t bounce it,’ which is what everybody said,” Laich recalled Dickerson as saying. “I said ‘I’m gonna bring it in there’ and he goes ‘YES! Finally somebody’s gonna throw it! Bring the heat!'”

“It was awesome!” added Laich. “A lot of people asked me ‘Are you gonna be nervous?’ You’re used to preforming in front of people — maybe not in this environment but it was more exciting.”

Laich, who recently divulged that he was named after Orioles legend Brooks Robinson, got a nice cheer out of crowd, a number of them Yankees fans.

The Washington forward’s father was a big fan of the Hall of Fame third baseman– in fact, he gave his son the middle name Brooks (Laich’s first name is Evan) in honor of the Human Vacuum Cleaner. The younger Laich also idolized Robinson, before finally meeting him in April.

Laich, though, still had some regrets.

“I should have thrown it harder,” he said. “I really wanted to be on the top of the mound and bring it way back.”

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Additional reporting by Ian Oland.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    <3

  • K8

    Oh man…He looks pretty good in that jersey. And the Orioles need some pitchers…….

  • Dara Goldberg

    Oh sweet lord these pictures are amazing and he looks awesome in that jersey. Ahhhh background of everything!!! <3 <3 <3

  • http://twitter.com/Matty_Boh19 Math You Guy Sir

    I would totally rock a Brooks Laich Orioles jersey…just saying.

  • thanks

    Brooks Laich is the most attractive, respectable, and honorable player in the NHL. I miss him and love his so.

    On another note, coming from Oklahoma, I greatly appreciate the last tweet.

  • OlietheGoalie

    If only it kept the Orioles from sucking, and Johnson blowing yet another save…

  • Akay15

    Oh my God, Brooksie… I die. Look at the little kid gazing at him. Future Capital?

  • http://twitter.com/mattymatty2000 Matthew Kory

    Man. How can you not love Brooks Laich? And the throw was pretty decent, too. [insert comment about him replacing Jim Johnson as O’s closer here]

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland
  • Hockeynightincanada

    I don’t like this kid already. He’s got a Yankees shirt on. Poor kid, his parents never gave him a chance.

  • brian!

    Nice photo’s Chris, I like that seated in the dugout one best.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    And of course, here’s Laich’s first pitch GIF’d by Hana http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/laich-first-pitch-GIF.gif

  • Alex Erchov
  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    One thing I want to add. While Laich was waiting to throw the first pitch near the Orioles dugout, he noticed that girl holding up his jersey all the way down the first base line. He asked the Orioles PR if he had enough time. She said,”About a minute or so.” Laich then ran down and signed some autographs for her and some kids and ran back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005713165 Pat Magee

    He really is the best player on the team….

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregg.white.75 Gregg White

    You can tell by Brooks’ s&^t-eating grin that he was having a great time there!