WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin‘s first try at a ceremonial first pitch was so dangerous he requested for — and obtained — a mulligan.
“Too excited, too strong,” Ovechkin stated after crusing his first throw over Max Scherzer‘s head at Nationals Park. “I try to do my best.”
Carrying a white Nationals jersey along with his captain’s “C” on the entrance and his No. eight on the again, the Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner requested for the ball again and related with Scherzer on his second attempt.
Ovechkin and the Nationals’ ace embraced halfway between the mound and the plate earlier than the Capitals’ famous person captain picked the Cup again up once more to chants of “Ovi, Ovi!”
It was becoming that after 9 first- or second-round playoff exits preceded this Capitals’ Stanley Cup run, Ovechkin obtained it proper on his do-over.
“What I did like is he wanted another throw,” coach Barry Trotz stated. “And that was sort of maybe a little bit symbolic to where he’s come. Where the pitch failed. Instead of ‘That’s enough,’ he said, ‘No, give me another shot at it.’ And he took another shot and did much better. So, I’m proud of him for that.”
Trotz stated Ovechkin’s “got to work on his pitching.” Sitting subsequent to a parched Ovechkin afterward, defenseman John Carlson quipped, “It wasn’t good.”
“It was hard, but I think I did a nice job,” Ovechkin stated. “So we’re all good.”
Scherzer, who together with Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman donned full hockey gear to fireside up Capitals followers earlier than Sport four of the Cup Ultimate towards Bryce Harper‘s Vegas Golden Knights, stated, “We were hoping maybe he’d shoot it.” Ovechkin most likely would have been higher off.
Or perhaps 36 hours into get together time, he ought to’ve handed the ball to Trotz after carrying the Cup onto the sphere.
“Bad pitching,” Trotz stated. “I told him I should throw the ball. He goes, ‘I’m good at it.’ That’s not good.”