Noted hockey fan Adam Jones had a special message for the Capitals ahead of the Baltimore Orioles are playing the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Rogers Centre.
At 7 PM, the puck will drop, marking the beginning of the Washington Capitals’ 2017 playoff run. They are being supported by all the major franchises in this area.
On Thursday, DC’s big three teams, the Washington Redskins, the Washington Nationals, and the Washington Wizards, all wished the Capitals good luck.
45 miles north, the Baltimore Orioles did the same, posting photos of Buck Showalter and Adam Jones in Caps shirts.
This is amazing.
Everyone’s favorite game show host and Caps fan is at the game tonight. Yes, hardcore fan Pat Sajak is in his usual seat, and he’s rocking a very nice baseball cap.
Friday night in San Diego, Adam Jones began his new career in hockey. The Baltimore Orioles’ five-time all-star signed a one-day contract with the San Diego Gulls and served as a penalty box attendant.
Jones — wearing a suit and a blue and orange tie — kept track of and recorded all penalties, opened and closed the penalty box doors allowing players to enter and exit, and provided referees with official game pucks (and of course Gatorade when they were thirsty).
“This is a life long mission of mine,” Jones said to MLB.com. “Might be an awesome retirement gig. Now that would be epic.”
Judging by the video below, it appears Jones was very successful.
A week ago, Caps fan Katie Ledecky returned to the United States to a hero’s welcome. The legendary swimmer won four gold medals, destroyed her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle, and broke the Olympic record in the 800-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.
The Bethesda native returned to the DC area this weekend, spending some time at Children’s National Hospital. A few hours ago, the Nationals announced that Ledecky will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nats/Orioles game.
This week’s series between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals is going to stir up some of that old animosity around the DMV region. That’s fine. A little friendly ribbing is proper in sports as long as, deep down, we all know who is truly better.
I am a Baltimore Orioles fan, and this is my manifesto.
Today, the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals completed their battle of the beltway series, with the Nats winning the rubber match 3-2. During the game, the Washington Post’s Scott Allen tweeted a photo of a “Go Caps” sign which I retweeted on the RMNB account. Apparently it was a Caps Fan Club outing today at Camden Yards.
It made me wonder, as a Caps fan which baseball team do you root for? Vote below, let’s test a hypothesis.
Some will say that baseball has divided the region. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, who are in different leagues and don’t even play each other lest they both make the fall classic, seem to be mutually exclusive fandoms.
At least, that’s the premise of NBC 4’s latest promos. These videos, completely bereft of #NatriolesMagictude, depict a DMV split into two factions, each side leery of the other. The schism affects the playground, dog walks, even the TV room.
DMV sports fans are living high on the hog. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals have each won their divisions and are now poised for the postseason. The Orioles just finished their best season probably since 1997, and the Nats closed out the regular with a dramatic no-hitter for Jordan Zimmermann. It’s good times on both ball fields.
Yet there are those among us who say you must choose one team and hate the other. The fan police say no true fan can support both Washington and Baltimore at the same time. They say support for one team is betrayal of the other.
Nuts to that. Instead, you and I shall stand shoulder to shoulder, and we’ll don this nifty new RMNB t-shirt, and we shall say, NATRIOLES MAGICTUDE, ‘HON.
Not everyone loves it when Orioles fans cheer “O!” during the National Anthem at Verizon Center. Such as Nats fans and The Washington Post’s Mike Wise (just search for the words “tainted gene pool”). Also sharing that sentiment are these Cubs fans at Wrigley Field, who first were confused, then outraged by the shouting.
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