On Wednesday afternoon, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper became the youngest player since 1969 to hit three home runs in one game in a 7–5 victory over the Marlins.
Later that evening, Harper was rocking the red for another Washington, D.C. team: the Capitals. Fresh off his three-homer game, Harper and some of his Nationals teammates were at the Verizon Center for Game 4 of Caps-Rangers.
Just last week, members of the Washington Wizards—including a fired-up Paul Pierce—witnessed the Caps defeat the Islanders in Game 7 of the teams' first-round series.
Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Zimmerman were among the other Nationals in attendance on Wednesday.
The spotlight's on you now, Alex Ovechkin, though a second hat-trick in a single day might be too much for typically defeatist D.C. sports fans to handle.
- Stanley Kay