Capitals' Alex Ovechkin throws out first - and second - pitches at Nationals game

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin throws out first - and second - pitches at Nationals game

It took Alex Ovechkin 13 years to capture his first Stanley Cup and on Saturday it took the Washington Capitals captain two attempts to get his ceremonial first pitch just right.

The Nationals - who are now first in the NL East - are hosting the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series this weekend. "I told him I should throw the ball".

Wearing a white Nationals jersey with his captain's "C" on the front and his No. 8 on the back, the Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe Trophy victor asked for the ball back and connected with Scherzer on his second try.

The Caps have had some great moments with the Stanley Cup since it became theirs, and they stopped by Nationals Park on Saturday to share some of the glory with the baseball team.

"I've been here nearly 14 years, and I don't, I won't ever go home and that's my team", said Jennifer. Sitting next to a parched Ovechkin afterward, defenceman John Carlson quipped, "It wasn't good".

"Can't win them all, but I love the team", said Paul, a fan.

"I still can't believe it", Ovechkin said. The Capitals eventually made it onto the big screen, dancing to "I'm Sexy And I Know It". He's a talented guy and we'll do what we can to get him here. The team will be introduced tomorrow prior to the game.

"As I was saying when we got the chance to meet them and we brought the Cup in there, we want them to have that same positive vibe", Trotz said.

Pending unrestricted free agent James Neal: "I love it here".

Before the Capitals' party with the Stanley Cup raged on, Backstrom looked ahead to Tuesday, when his teammates and their new trophy will again be in the spotlight with a parade down Constitution Avenue. It's going to be wonderful - not just for us, for the city of Washington I think that has waited a long time for this. "I think no one still can believe like we did and we are right now Stanley Cup champions".