The Washington Capitals will look to extend their Stanley Cup Final lead against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight in a pivotal game four that just so happened to line up with an off-day for the Nats.
In other words, that meant the Nationals could spend their day off from sports, uh, attending more sports.
Bryce Harper—Las Vegas Native—showed up to the game early, wearing his Vegas Golden Knights jersey, rooting for a tie series.
Bryce Harper is behind us cheering Vegas @granthpaulsen @funnydanny @TomDaly2 #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/Tcn3DmuOOj— Jimmy Milstead (@MilyVanilly) June 4, 2018
Not a hot take: If you boo Bryce Harper in anything but jest for rooting for the Knights you're kind of a weirdo.— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) June 4, 2018
Not to be outdone, Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman then arrived in full hockey uniforms, complete with sticks and gloves, as well as helmets, to lead the pre-game “Let’s Go Caps” chant.
Just ran into Max Scherzer on the streets of DC. Putting money on him doing the starting lineups tonight for the game #ALLCAPS— Matt Shin (@MattShin25) June 4, 2018
Fan of the game Max Scherzer pic.twitter.com/q68FtM0ygQ— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) June 5, 2018
The @Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and @Max_Scherzer in the building to get Game 4 started right! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/P0SO74M4Kg— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 5, 2018
Also notable: The Nationals’ Racing Presidents could make an appearance during the game, if the ever-venerable Russian Machine Never Breaks got the story right.
Of course, the Caps are risking some major playoff-demons by letting any Nationals—on either side—into the building. At press time, the game is 1-0 in favor of the Capitals — though if the Nats, the Caps, and the Golden Knights have taught us anything, it’s that early leads in big games are NEVER safe.