Even in enemy territory, Buck Showalter’s not afraid to rock the red.
The Orioles manager showed up to a news conference before Friday’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays wearing a Capitals hat, just hours before Washington’s NHL team was set to face the … yup, Tampa Bay Lightning.
It’s the second straight year the Orioles have shown support for the Capitals in a territory largely hostile to those interests. Last spring, Showalter, Trey Mancini and Adam Jones each posed for photos in red Capitals T-shirts at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on the eve of the Capitals’ first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The goodwill wasn’t all for naught, as the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing again to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now, after a breakthrough series win against the Penguins that clinched Washington’s first semifinal appearance in a major sport in two decades, the Capitals will face the host Lightning in Game 1 on Friday night.