Nyjer Morgan chooses Ovi over Crosby
(Note to Penguins fans: Really, don't read this. It's just going to make you unhappy. In fact, just check back here in July. We'll all be happier that way.)
Nyjer Morgan has talked about his love of the San Jose Sharks, repeatedly, consistently, without ever hinting that his love will wane. He's a Sharks fan, through and through, and his current playing allegiance won't change that.
However, there's still room in his heart for an Eastern Conference team. When he played in Pittsburgh, that team was the Penguins; Morgan once skated with the PIttsburghers, and was a ringleader when the Pens brought the Cup to the ballfield:
"The whole thing gave me the willies," Morgan said. "Honestly, I got really emotional. That's our team, from our city, and I grew up with hockey as my first love. When you're a kid playing hockey, that's your dream, to see the Cup, to touch the Cup, and there it was right in front of me."
Morgan, who converted from hockey to baseball at age 20, was the most animated of the Pirates' players during the ceremony, at one point igniting one of several "Let's Go Pens" chants from the crowd. He also caught Guerin's ceremonial first pitch, then fairly bounced to the mound to embrace him.
Well, that was then. Morgan, though, is no dummy; he was the only National to Rock the Red during a visit to Verizon Center, and he's said that his Eastern Conference team is now the Caps. This week, he elaborated.
"Now that I'm a Washingtonian, I think (Crosby) is a heckuva player, but he's not Ovi," Plush said, via Big League Stew. "[Ovechkin] likes throwing the body around, he loves throwing the weight around, which I absolutely love. He's definitely flamboyant. I love it.
"The Kid is a heckuva player, but I'm just an Ovi fan now. So don't worry Washingtonians. T-Plush is definitely on the Caps bandwagon."
So great. So, so great. This is a man who understands he's a fan favorite, and is not going to do anything to jeopardize it. Please, Caps, just get him to skate with you once, and then have Ovi present him with a T-Plush jersey foul. You won't regret it.
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