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Former Hart trophy winning goalie Jose Theodore spent just two seasons in Washington, but he left an indelible mark on the community while he was here. Today we celebrate another of his amazing feats– this time in a sport as far from hockey as possible.
Monday Sunday, Theodore was in the stands of the Rogers Cup tennis final in Montreal, where Rafael Nadal faced off against Milos Raonic.
Raonic, down 5-1 in the first set, served to Nadal. The number-three player in the world misplayed Raonic’s serve and watched his return sail dangerously into the stands.
Fast forward to the 33:06 mark.
“A high fly ball into the stands…” the commentator began. ” Nice catch!”
The camera then pans to a man wearing a black fedora, shades, and a blue button-up shirt holding the tennis ball up proudly in his right hand. In his left, he clutches both his phone and a beer. The crowd gives the man a loud ovation. The broadcast replays the man’s feat in catch motion.
“That would have been over the first baseman’s head if this was still a baseball stadium,” the play-by-play man continued.
“And he didn’t spill a drop of beer,” the color man exclaimed.
Of course, the he was in fact Theodore, the former Capital, currently an unsigned free agent heading into the 2013-14 season.
If another team is looking for a back-up goaltender who is cool, collected, has cat-like reflexes and a great head of hair in addition to a big heart, he’s your guy.
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