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Bruce Boudreau at the Ballgame

Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau shook off some extreme nerves and threw out the first pitch at Nationals Park last night (the Nats lost, by the way).

Pre-pitch thoughts: "I just [stink] so bad, that's what I'm so worried about. You have no idea. I'd be less nervous coaching in the Olympics."

Post-pitch thoughts: "Well, it was in the mid-90s, and, you know, I think I would have made a batter look bad there."

Check out the video below:


More highlights from Caps PR guy Paul Rovnak's Twitter feed: Boudreau signing autographs and throwing a "perfect strike."

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  August 21, 2009; 10:53 AM ET
 
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Mid-90's, was he talking about the temperature?

Posted by: gatsu | August 21, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Good Job BB

Posted by: whiteltng | August 21, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

that guys awesome.

Posted by: large23220 | August 21, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Whatevs. You should be linking to the Japers' Rink excerpts from Gabby's memoir.

Posted by: bugaboo1 | August 21, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"the Nats lost, by the way"

Like you REALLY needed to include that bit...

Posted by: Section117 | August 21, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: _stevo | August 21, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Haha...the batter would have looked bad because he would have got hit by the pitch. :)

Posted by: MigMora | August 21, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@_stevo:

Too true...will someone have that guy explain how Sid the Id mugs opponents at the faceoff circle, punches opposing players in the privates from behind, etc...but OV is the dirtiest superstar since Messier?...ROTGDFLMMFAO

www.die_pens_die.com

Posted by: Rhino40 | August 21, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know Boudreau was a lefty! But Gabby was certainly in rare form with his commentary. LOL

Posted by: miseaujeu | August 21, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Who caught that throw? Wil Nieves. Wil Nieves, that's who!

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 21, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

good pitch

Posted by: FIREJlMZORN | August 21, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

i'm still trying to figure out why they call him gabby?!

any word on whether he hit up nyjger morgan to come skate w/ the team? he plays pretty good defense for the nats...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 21, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed that!
BB's a fantastic ambassador for the Caps & NHL; way to go Bruce!

Posted by: Max231 | August 21, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I can hear Bob Uecker saying, "Just a bit outside."

Posted by: Cerealman | August 21, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

They call BB Gabby because his yap is always open. He's a talker.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 21, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Figures he throws the first pitch the game before I'm going to be there.

Still have slots open in the fantasy league if anybody is interested! thiazzi@gmail.com

Posted by: thiazzi | August 21, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Richmond Riverdogs are back!

Someone else from Richmond be the Renegades.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 21, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Way to go BB - nice pitch. Loved his commentary - he just cracks me up. Hope he invited Nyier Morgan to KCI. Can't wait for hockey season to begin.

Posted by: theresa21 | August 21, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Way to go BB - nice pitch. Loved his commentary - he just cracks me up. LOL Hope he invited Nyier Morgan to KCI. Can't wait for hockey season to begin.

Posted by: theresa21 | August 21, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@thiazzi

I passed your E-mail to my husband. He's into fantasy sports and sounded interested in joining your league. Don't know if he contacted you yet.

@richmondphil

Are you in thiazzi's fantasy league by any chance, just out of curiosity? My husband used to live in Richmond in the late 60's through early 70's. (He was a traveling kid, so to speak. Born in Delaware, lived in Philly, suburban Maryland, Richmond, and now in Northern VA.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 21, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

From the picture of Bruce signing autographs, more evidence that he's a southpaw. While normally southpaw's a term heard in baseball, the first time I heard the term had nothing to do with baseball. There was a piano piece called "Southpaw Serenade" that I had to play. Of course, it was played entirely with the left hand.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 21, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Richmondphil, is there going to be hockey in richmond this year?

Posted by: petercov1 | August 21, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Sports Illustrated summer power rankings are out and have the Caps ranked 11th (not a typo) and here is what they had to say:

GM George McPhee addressed one key weakness by signing Mike Knuble away from the Flyers. Knuble could score 40 goals this season and 35 of them will be from within three feet of the net. Perfect. Still, the signing of Brendan Morrison -- who was Claude "Invisible Man" Rains in Dallas -- and the decision not to acquire a crease-clearing defender will hurt the club more than the departures of Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov.


Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 21, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

On the Sports Illustrated Preseason Rating us 11th.

Heck, the Caps do better when they're underrated. Gives them a little motivation. Let's them sneak in there and do better than expected.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 21, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

heck I'd be more worried if SI ranked the Caps number one and put them on the cover of their irrelevant mag...

who still reads SI these days anyway, other than their swimsuit issues.. LOL

Posted by: joek443 | August 21, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

who still reads SI these days anyway, other than their swimsuit issues.. LOL

Posted by: joek443 | August 21, 2009 10:58 PM

I din't think anyone "reads" the swimsuit edition either.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 22, 2009 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Capsfan75, the first time I ever heard the term southpaw it was in regards to boxing and the boxing stance of a lefty (think Rocky). I did not know that it originated w baseball as I'm not knowledgeable about that sport... learn something new every day.

Posted by: capsfan01 | August 22, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Folks, I wouldn't worry too much about Allan Muir's predictions when you consider that he's also the source of these quotes:

July 9, 2008-
“No arguing that this group, which now includes 15 players on one-way NHL contracts, looks more formidable, both in terms of talent and character. If it gels.. the Lightning have the depth to challenge for a playoff spot, and maybe even the top seed in the wide-open Southeast.”

June 23, 2008-
“As much as Tampa Bay improved, top marks go to the Phoenix Coyotes, a team that last week lost Blake Wheeler and desperately needed some positive news. They got it by adding a veteran No. 1 center, Olli Jokinen, in a swap with the Panthers, and now have established themselves as a team ready to make life interesting in the Western Conference.”

April 17, 2009-
“Boudreau’s option is Simeon Varlamov, a 21-year-old Russian whose resume is pretty much babysitting and lawn mowing at this point.”

Yes sirree, Allan Muir is the world's expert and best predictor of hockey standings and teams. *snrt*

Posted by: kittypawz | August 22, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

capsfan01 -
The explanation for southpaw:
Pro baseball fields are always laid out with home plate on the west side, centerfield on the east side. That prevents having batters looking into the sun during late afternoon, and why outfielders are looking up into the sun while trying to catch fly balls.

So when a pitcher stands facing home plate, his right arm faces north and his left arm faces south. Hence the term southpaw.

Posted by: rw-c | August 22, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

@joek443

Yes, I would also be more worried if SI had rated the Caps #1 before the season.

@kittypawz

Funny thing, I was also reading some of the old preseason predictions for last year. And it was funny about the people who were predicting the great improvement for Tampa Bay for 2008-2009. There were some who were picking Tampa to be as good as the Caps this past season. Look where Tampa finished -- dead last again. Lots of laughing on Allan Muir's predictions that you posted.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 22, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"On the Sports Illustrated Preseason Rating us 11th."

Really?! Wow. Did they forget we finished 2nd in the east, 4th overall in the league?? And we only improved in the offseason by getting Knuble. Their ranking doesn't make any sense. We had more wins than their 6 through 10 teams. What a terrible power ranking.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 22, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

@rw-c

Or at least that was the way they originally laid out baseball fields. I don't know if all the later ballparks conform to that layout.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 22, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

I don't read the SI swimsuit issue either. Then again, I'm female.

I get more of a kick looking through the Speedo swim suit catalogs that feature Olympic swimmers as their models. (As the old saying goes, it's performance that counts.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 22, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@rachel216

And they rate us behind Carolina? Gee whiz, has Carolina improved that much? (Can you feel the sarcasm oozing?)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 22, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Re SI's preseason rankings--I scratched my head at the rankings. I get how people may disagree on how we should fill in the weakness in the team (true for all teams actually) but given how high we ranked in overall points in the league last season, ranking us 11 makes no sense. But I have to admit they are usually pretty derogatory about the Caps in their articles. I will reserve my reading of SI to the doctor's office only.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 22, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I forget what year it was but sometime in the 80's some magazine picked UMD number one in preseason college football ranking. Picking the Caps 11th sounds just as dumb and stupid as picking the Terps number one that year, they didn't even win the ACC.

Posted by: joek443 | August 22, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@newbiecapsfan07

And even some people argue that the Caps should have had more points last year, given their poor performance against some of the weaker teams.

The Caps beat the horrible teams all the time (i.e. Tampa Bay and NY Islanders).

But there were some bad teams that gave them fits; i.e. Toronto, the Avalanche, LA Kings, at least a couple of losses to Atlanta, Ottawa, Edmonton. Along with some teams that either squeaked in or just missed the playoffs, like Florida, Buffalo, Columbus, Minnesota.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 22, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

As I said. SI needs to go back to swimsuits and leave hockey to the !clueless (not-clueless, for those of you who don't work with UNIX at all).

Far as I'm concerned, it's useful as little more than motivation for the guys - and as the guys are starting to trickle back into town at this point, now's a good time for it. Otherwise, SI makes good birdcage liner.

So I want to know who's back in town.

Posted by: kittypawz | August 22, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

rachel

I recently found a blog written by a female Caps fan named Sarah who's your age by clicking on one of the links on the 'Caps in Pictures' site. It's called 'Punch in the Face' blog.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 22, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Ok... I have another trade idea for us to unload Nylander. Try to stay with me:

Three way with Ottawa and San Jose. Sharks get Heatley, Ottawa gets Nylander a young scorer (Flash)a high pick and a defensemen (we have to give up some value, like Mo and a prospect) and we get Patrick Marleau from SJ. Now, we have a more than solid 2nd line center to pair with Semin, Marleau's $6.3 mil comes off the books after the season and we have the space to sign Semin and Backstrom in 10-11.

Posted by: jmurray019 | August 22, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Still, the signing of Brendan Morrison -- who was Claude "Invisible Man" Rains in Dallas -- and the decision not to acquire a crease-clearing defender will hurt the club more than the departures of Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov.


Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 21, 2009 9:50 PM

God, at least talk about things you know about. Said you seem to not know, Morrison was with the Ducks and Dallas nabbed him off waivers. He played well in Dallas...not so much in Anaheim.

Get your stuff straight if you just want to take jabs again.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 22, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, it's a quote. SI, get your stuff together before you make your lists public.

I think a trip down memory lane and seeing SI's past predictions is all it takes to show that there isn't much stock into what they have to say. Pens were in no way going to make the ECF again..welll they did and went further.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 22, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

screw SI, who cares...

tonight, it's Bristol baby!!! you think the beltway is conjested, wait till you see 43 cars with 850 horsepower on the world's fastest half mile.

Posted by: joek443 | August 22, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for exposing yourself richmondphil. You read what you want to read and not what is actually there.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 22, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

BB is at the Redskins game!!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 22, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind you two disagreeing on hockey stuff, but when you start taking personal shots at each other, it gets old fast. I'd join discussions more if I read this board more often, but when it can't seem to stay civil and on-topic, I fail to see the point.

Hey, at least the Redskins won last night.

Posted by: kittypawz | August 23, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Okay I admit I'm bored--no hockey news at all. So I was checking some of the sites I haven't visited lately and The Peerless Prognosticator noted this about the SI rankings of the Caps. Within one week SI moved the Caps from 9 to 11. I'm scratching my head even harder at this. Makes me want to get a bird just so that I can line the birdcage with SI.

"OK, yeah, the 11th spot in Allan Muir's "NHL Power Rankings" at SI.com seems way low for the Capitals, but that's not it.
Check the fine print. "Last Week: 9."
Huh? It's August, dill weed. How can the Caps -- any team, for that matter -- rise, fall, or be abducted by aliens in August? Did the Caps lose a free agent last week? Did Alexander Semin sign in Russia last weekend when we weren't looking?
And we can't even hazard a silly wild-assed guess as to why it is that Calgary went up seven spots from "last week" (unless by "last week," you mean, "before Jay Bouwmeester was signed" or "last May"), or how the Flyers jumped eight spots.
August... when the world of hockey goes insane."

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 23, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Without looking at the site, did they indicate when the last rankings came out? Perhaps it was prior to July 1 and the start of free agency.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

LOL the Skins suck.. they will never win anything till they hire a competent football man to run the team instead of the current Danny/Vinny show.

Posted by: joek443 | August 23, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

just to add one more thing, the redskins are the best or worst example depending on your point of view of why you can't build a championship team via free agency in any sport.

free agency is like vitamins, should only be used as a supplement.

Posted by: joek443 | August 23, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Redskins, even when they aren't clicking, is more exciting than watching 43 cars go around an oval. We need something besides NASCAR, MLB, and PGA to watch on Sunday's. They are all just good background noise for naps.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 23, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL if you think nascar is boring, you should take a look at the nascar message boards on yahoo and espn.. you will see many people so fired up about Kyle Busch after his win last night. he's the most hated and talked about driver since Dale Earnhardt.

he's extremely talented, arrogant, whiny and temper-mental.. these are some of his good qualties... LOL funny how Coach Gibbs always ends with these difficult guys to work with.

Posted by: joek443 | August 23, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I tried to see what it was all about back from 2000-03 while stationed on my last ship. Seemed like 1/2 the guys on the ship were into NASCAR. We even paid 5 bucks to draw 2 poker chips that had starting positions on them. I won twice by pure luck but still couldn't get into it. I was out in the Baltic when Dale Earnhart crashed. Ironically the crash didn't look as severe as most that I had witnessed, it was shocking to hear that he had died, instantly at that. I'm not saying NASCAR is dumb, heck a lot of my friends have no idea what I see in hockey, so to each their own. I just can't wait for the NFL (regular season) and the NHL get started. I do like poking my head in on the Little League World Series. Guess I'll do that now.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 23, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: doncosmic | August 23, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@freakin--that would make sense if true but no. SI's Muir posted his rankings on August 19th and at the bottom he noted "last week's ranking 9)--so both rankings are made in August. That's why P Prog made such a joke out of it--how can the same rational place us 9th last week but drop us to 11th this week. I think he's trying to get a rise out of people but it's too hot and SI is too low on my list of priorities.
Loved Ovie's interview posted in Puck Daddy--he really does have a dry wit!!! I think many commentators and newscasters don't get his irony.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 23, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Fanhock- I'm with ya but I think JoeK is even more passionate about driving in circles than Nyls is skating in circles. I know little to nothing about car racing and could care less. JoeK on the other hank can give you chemical equations on how fast each wheel is turning on turn 4 going 200mph on a full moon with the temp being below 80 degrees! It's pretty funny. I'm with ya though. I tried it and just can't get into it. I'm sure there are people who can't get into hockey either for whatever reason. Like you said to each his own. I certainly don't think any less of car racing fans as they are people too but there are some pretty good jokes out there about it. I mainly get my info from the Jim Rome show. He has some drivers on there at times and they all seem pretty bright and nice people and you have your TO's there as well. I don't remember the guys name but he interveiwed some driver last week and I guess he got into with another driver and kept saying that he wanted to settle it like a man. It was fairly humorous, or should I say entertaining. Still not enough to make me watch it though. I just want to let you know while I think JoeK is a pretty good dude, don't get into a conversation with him about racing! LOL! Or be prepared 1 or the other!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 23, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Because it's such a slow day I'll bring this up. So I'm going to all of my hockey websites just trying to find something of interest. Well I happen to go over to hockeybuzz and saw that Eklund has Dennis Seidenberg coming to us as an (E3). Not really sure how his ratings go but I think a "5" is the highest and that means "imminent" in his world. Well this move would make ZERO sense to me. We already have about 4 Seidenberg's on our team but our Seidenberg's play a lot more games than he does. He's an UFA and he will go cheap but this doesn't make any sense unless GMGM is going to unload at least 2 of our existing D.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 23, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

As a late note, no matter what my feelings may be for Theo as a goaltender in the NHL it is still very horrific to hear about his tragedy. I have 2 boys (8&5) and there are 2 things I can't fathom having to deal with (A) somebody doing something to them (kidnapping, molesting etc) or (B) them dying. I just can't imagine how terrible this is and you have to be a very strong individual to deal with this. I sincerely hope and pray for the best for his family. You wonder how this will effect him on the ice though. Typically these things either distract you to where you can't get going or it's a motivation and you overperform. Lets #1 hope they are coping OK and that he can use this as motivation. Some of my hockey buddies out here in Colorado said they met him on a few occasions and seemed to be a very grounded and humble kinda guy. As everyone has stated I hope the best for him and his family. I hope the media gives them the privacy they so dearly need right now. It's been over a week now so that helps.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 23, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

pokerface208--there is a third thing that is just too awful to contemplate--suicide. A close acquaintance of mine lost a son to suicide. Because I know her in a professional capacity, I had, albeit briefly, the concern for how productive and effective she would be at her work. I slapped myself silly for having such an uncharitable thought. And she had a great year. Turns out she needed the work to deal with the pain and she was great at compartmentalizing. Everyone is different with how they handle grief. I find myself thinking and praying for Theo and his family. One doesn't forget--one just learns to cope and go on with life.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 23, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Poor Jose Theodore. I'm sure if Stephanie (wife) were having a difficult pregnancy, it would probably weigh on his mind. Given that she had already had a miscarriage in her previous pregnancy. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Meanwhile, I went off to watch baseball today. The Nats won. While the team is bad, they at least have some good people at the top of their order and are entertaining to watch. (Also saw preseason football yesterday. I am generally not fired up about preseason football but it was a good game.)

Am not into NASCAR at all. I do miss hockey but am a baseball fan as well. I was a baseball fan originally.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 23, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you capsfan75. I too wondered how much of what Stephanie was going through was on Theo's mind during the late season. I expect though that successful athletes are individuals who live in the moment during a game.

Glad to hear the Nats won. From what I've read they are now in a rebuilding or revamping mode. My husband is a huge baseball fan-grew up in the New York area so he was a Rangers fan (now of course it's the Capitals) and is still a Mets fan. I like baseball okay and I've been to games with him and appreciate the cerebral aspects. But I never quite got into it. I am happy to let him take charge of little league with our son.

My family is amused at how much of a diehard fan I've become of the Capitals and of hockey in general. I am a hockeymom getting up in the morning to take him to practice and I know how to skate. (I just need to learn how to do it with hockey skates). Hockey is the first team sport that I've become enthused about. Something about the speed and emotion in the games has caught my imagination. I like the fact that there are rarely time-outs and the game is played fast and hard. Of course it helps too having such a young and exciting team to watch. But my husband knew I was serious because this year I watched as much of the other playoff games as I could, even down to the bitter end--yes I was rooting for the Red Wings.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 23, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

@newbiecapsfan07

I was rooting for the Red Wings in the Finals also. (Can't stand the Pens.)

I've been mostly a baseball fan during my lifetime but followed the other sports during baseball's off seasons. However, over the last couple of years, I got more into the Caps. A good part of it is the fact that the Caps have so many young stars who are about the age of my first born child, who's 24. (There's less than 1 year difference between her and 5 Caps. And another Cap who's 1 year and a small number of days younger.)

It's easier to get into pro sports when the kids are grown or nearly grown. They were into swimming mostly. (No hockey or baseball players among them.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 23, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

newbiecapsfan, in the introduction at the top of the rankings Muir states, "and "last week" is merely where each team stood in the final regular season PRs for 2008-09."

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 23, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75, I don't mean this in a nasty way at all, but I don't buy the fact that the reason you are more of a Caps fan now is because your kids are the same age as the stars. If the team was still at the bottom of the standings would you be as big a fan? I bet most of the Redskins, Nationals and Wizards stars are about your kids age...that is the nature of sports. Just own the fact you jumped on the bandwagon when they became good, which is absolutely fine in my book...as long as you don't jump off as soon as they struggle.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 23, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

@Freakin--I just went to Peerless not the SI site. So indeed you are right--at the top Muir gives that disclaimer but really he should fix that--it's NOT last week. Very misleading to the casual reader.

However, I still stand by original point, that we were fourth in points for the regular season last year despite the fact that we hadn't changed the defense line-up from last year. As much as I loved Feds, I don't see how losing him and adding Knuble should drop us down. I think I said something about how I understand how people differ in how we should address our weaknesses, especially defense, but that ranking still seems low to me.

I don't read SI much--not into swimsuits--funny that. But during last season whenever I someplace where it was the magazine offerings, I would check it out. It rarely had good things to say about the Caps. So although I was making a joke, I don't think much of the rankings.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 24, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Hockey season is so close! It's driving me nuts.

Still have spots in the fantasy league! need to fill them! thiazzi@gmail.com for invite

Posted by: thiazzi | August 24, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Regarding fans vs. fairweather or bandwagon or however one defines a fan, it's a non-starter for me.

I have a young son who is learning to play hockey. I supported his interest so I got up to take him to practice etc. I started watching the Caps on television in large part because of my son's and husband's interest. And they were the ones who talked me into buying season tickets. (I might add that we moved to DC in 2006).

But now I'm the rapid fan. No longer will I let my son use my seat at a game to take a friend and I am the one who started reading everything hockey including online and finally started writing here. (However, I have no interest in trash talk).

Am I a new fan--yes. Fairweather or bandwagon--no. We all have to start enjoying a sport sometime--luckily for me my time started when the Caps are so exciting to watch, when we have a charismatic, talented, smart, and funny star player--I enjoy Ovie on and off the ice.

All things are cyclical and someday this team will go into a downward cycle. When that eventually happens I know that I will stay a Caps fan. But happily this cycle is many years in the future. We are moving forward, even if this momentum is not fast enough for many of the fans.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 24, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

There always seems to be a level of arrogance when people assume that new fans are "jumping on the bandwagon". I would imagine not so long ago those same "old" fans were newbies and probably weren't labeled "jumping on the bandwagon" and if they did, I don't think it felt any better then as it does now.

Like newbie said, all things are cyclical. I think no one in their right mind would "jump on the bandwagon" if said bandwagon was headed straight for a cliff, wall, or burning building. Of course, it would truly be sad if one does and a long term fan is "relieved" that they're jumping on then as opposed to when the team was hot. I often wonder why it's all that important to long-term fans when you jumped on and whether you jump off. Is it a feeling of superiority that they get from it? A feeling that they've outlasted others? I like the idea of the more, the merrier. I'll be a Capitals fan of one year this October and plan on seeing the game against the Rangers on the 8th. I hope to never see the day where I look down on someone and question their Capitals loyalty just because I've been a fan longer than they have. Someone quietly put me out of my misery if I ever do that to a new fan.

Let's go, Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 24, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Freakin - you're just too much man. Taking a shot at a mom who just started to like hockey and follow the Caps. I hope you feel better about yourself now. You are the most hypernegative person I think I've ever run across. And then to say that yeah sure you can come on the ride now but you better not jump off when the going gets tough. Dude, WHO ARE YOU? I honestly think I like Cheef and SC07 better than this piece of crap. Off with you you low life scum. You're worse than a troll.

Don't worry about him newbie. You don't have to justify anything to him. He finds bad in all situations. Welcome aboard. I could care less how you got here or how long you stay and I think it's great that your kids are now playing hockey.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 24, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Dudes get off your high horses and read what I wrote! It is amazing your lack of comprehension. I wrote (and I am quoting what I wrote) "just own the fact you jumped on the bandwagon when they became good, which is absolutely fine in my book...as long as you don't jump off as soon as they struggle."

Where in that do I criticize someone for becoming a fan now? Find it. It isn't there. Of course everyone has to become a fan at some point, which is why I am "ABSOLUTELY FINE" with that.

Really what it comes down to is you guys are just bullies and want to berate and belittle anyone who doesn't share your opinion.

I'd also like to point the two of you (especially pokerface) to the official rules, which state, "is predatory, hateful, or intended to intimidate or harass" Calling me "Dude, WHO ARE YOU? I honestly think I like Cheef and SC07 better than this piece of crap. Off with you you low life scum. You're worse than a troll." probably violates those rules...no I'm sure they do. Funny thing is I have never attacked anyone on here. Do you wish you could say the same?

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 24, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

missing in that is which states that it is prohibited to ....

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 24, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@ Freakin: You don't see the arrogance in your comment? You don't see the pomposity in you forcing a label on newbie for "jumping on when they were getting good"? You don't see the insult buried in there? Really?

In case you hadn't, please consider yourself notified.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 24, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey all--let's calm down. I appreciate the sentiments but--as I stated in my post--it's pretty much a nonstarter for me. That's why I chose "newbie". Just get it out front and center.

Over the past year I've read lots of posts about old vs. new fans and I've decided it's a lot like my husband's fandom for the Red Sox (after the Mets of course). That team has broken his heart many a time.

Love for the Caps seems similar. From what little I've read (outside of posters) the Caps are a franchise that many consider should have had a Cup by now, that they had a great team in the mid-90s and earlier in the 80s. I'm glad I don't have that history of heartbreak.

The best moment this past year--game 7 over the Rangers. My son had tears in his years. Worst moment--game 7 with the Penguins. But I used it as a teaching moment for my son. After that horrible loss, we applauded Ovie and the team for a great and exciting season--we showed appreciation and faith in them. And our team led by Ovie saluted us--the fans--in return. I told my son that it's easy to cheer them when they succeed but we show much greater character by supporting them even when they fail, that we don't boo them or leave the game early. We stay to cheer them for a great run.

Now if only the season would start.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 24, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

btw, any significance in BB choosing the number "19"? Does this mean he identifies with Backstrom? (I guess both were centers...)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | August 25, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

BB wore #19 when he played. I checked the link http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=502 If you click on the team name, the ones that provided a number have BB wearing #19 just about every time.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 26, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

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