The Wizards announced that at the conclusion of their matchup, the arena will show Game 7 on the overhead scoreboard for fans who purchased tickets for Wizards-Rockets.
Though inside Capital One Arena, Wizards all-star Bradley Beal will have his own job to be concerned about against the Rockets’ backcourt of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, his fandom will float down to Minute Maid Park — the stage featuring one of his new favorite baseball players, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto.
“I love him, man,” Beal said. “I love everything he do.”
“I love him carrying that bat to first base, everything,” Beal said. “If they’re going to do that, return the favor: Smack that [expletive] out the park and then you drop the bat right at first base.”
While Beal, a former shortstop in his youth, loves Soto, he hates baseball’s stuffy rules about showing emotion. In the NBA, a scream after a dunk or a stare-down after crossing someone over are part of the game. So in that sense, Soto — with his antics in the box and that bat-carrying taunt — has the swag of a basketball player.
“You can’t disagree … with balls and strikes. You can’t really celebrate and taunt like you want to. It sucks, but I’m glad I play basketball,” Beal said. “At the end of day, they’re pro athletes, too. They work on their craft. They get excited. They get emotional about the game, too, so why not let them have some celebrations after they hit a home run? Why not? Let a pitcher do the same thing when he strikes somebody out. I don’t think it’s disrespecting the game.”