For those of you that spent the weekend doing things like enjoying the summer rather than wasting your life on the internet, you might not have seen the scenes in Washington in the aftermath of the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup.
The scenes were pretty wild. Stuff you tend to see when a team wins the Stanley Cup, just ramped up a few miles per hour.
Here’s a tweet from Jeremy Roenick to give you all an idea:
Anyway, it all began on Saturday, Nationals hosting the Giants at noon. The Nats had a pregame ceremony for the Caps, which teams tend to do nowadays when a franchise in the same city wins a title.
Out to throw out the first pitch was the man himself, Alex Ovechkin, with the Cup right behind him at the back end of the mound.
Any and all rumors of Ovechkin potentially joining the Nationals as they look to become the next Washington team to erase years of disappointment with a title (a la LeBron to the Browns) were quelled in short order.
The get gets underway and here comes scenes from during the game, like this guy right here. You wonder why people get hit by balls so often.
The Nationals went on to win 7-5 as they continue to race neck-and-neck with the upstart Braves in the NL East.
Oh jeez, look at these idio– wait, actually, it’s the Capitals.
Eventually, everyone joins in.
Casual sports fans may not completely understand what makes the Stanley Cup the greatest trophy in sports. It’s the way it brings cities, communities, regions together unlike anything else in sports. That’s not to take away from a World Series, a Super Bowl, a NBA title, or anything else, but a Stanley Cup is just on another level. Between the emotion and excitement that hockey brings out in people, the legacy and heritage behind that trophy, and the relatable, everyman persona hockey players tend to have, winning the Stanley Cup creates a vibe that can’t be matched.
Like this right here. Ovechkin carrying the Cup down the sidewalk in Georgetown. He’s followed by a mob of fans trying to get a snap of the trophy.
There’s more. Here’s T.J. Oshie letting fans get their closeup with the Cup.
The Stanley Cup made a couple more friends on Saturday as well.
If you still need to be sold on how big a deal this is for Washington, there’s a Stanley Cup tracker compiling the Cup’s every move. Pretty unbelievable.
Fortunately, the Cup (and Ovechkin) made it home safely. Probably not the worst night sleep Ovi has had. He’ll need to rest up for the parade on Tuesday, which I’m sure won’t disappoint.