After more than a dozen Nationals players watched the Capitals beat the Rangers in Game 4 of their second-round series from a suite at Verizon Center on Wednesday, a few players stuck around to meet their D.C. sports brethren in the winning Washington locker room.
Monumental Network posted a video of Caps and Nats players introducing themselves to each other — “Hi, I’m Braden.” “Braden, I’m Max.” — and the best moment might be Karl Alzner asking Bryce Harper what the heck was up with his shoulders.
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“Did you have that thing on a hanger?” Alzner asked Harper, who hit three home runs earlier in the day.
“The guy gave it to me, I don’t even know,” Harper said.
The man of the night, Andre Burakovsky, shook hands with Anthony Rendon — he’s alive! — and other Nationals players after scoring the first two playoff goals of his career.
Alex Ovechkin entered the room draped in a towel and chatted with Stephen Strasburg, Harper and Doug Fister before the Nats and Caps posed for a group photo. Hopefully Scherzer had a chance to meet the Capitals captain; he said Ovechkin was the famous person he’d most like to meet (excluding President Obama) after signing with the Nationals.
“Wow, what a great night with the fellas,” Harper wrote on Instagram. “Such a fun time being able to support the teams in DC! Keep it going ya goons #StayOffTheLogo #CapsWizNats #DCorNothing”
So, who was there? From left to right: Doug Fister, Jason Chimera, Tom Wilson, Aaron Barrett, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Eric Fehr, Brooks Laich, Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, (mostly hidden) Matt Thornton, Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, Karl Alzner, Braden Holtby, Anthony Rendon, Troy Brouwer and John Carlson.
Other Nationals spotted in the suite include Danny Espinosa, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Lobaton, Ryan Zimmerman, Dan Uggla and Tanner Roark.
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Nats are tearing that beer up pic.twitter.com/BXRVsTEGLE
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During the game, Monumental Network’s Hayley Milon chatted with Zimmerman.