You always remember your first time. Before your mind wanders too much (minds out of the gutter, people), I will be more clear. There were plenty of firsts in D.C. sports this weekend. Let's document them for memory's sake.
First (no pun intended), in Kissimmee, Fla. (again, minds out of the gutter), Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper earned his first-career spring training hit Saturday in the Nats' 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Nats Enquirer (by way of AllStarsPlus) provided video of the hit:
Coincidentally, Harper's hit came off of former Nat Livan Hernandez, who started for Washington in its inaugural game in April 2005. Edwin Jackson also made his Nationals debut, allowing one walk and two hits in two scoreless innings.
Meanwhile, back in D.C., the Washington Wizards won their first home game since February 6 in a 101-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Verizon Center Saturday. It was a battle of No. 1's as this season's first overall draft pick, Kyrie Irving, and last year's, John Wall, went head-to-head. Wall got the better of Irving, scoring 24 points with five rebounds and five assists to Irving's 20 points with six assists and two steals.
Stand Up And Shout
The Wizards and their fans witnessed two rarities at Verizon Center: a win and sustained cheering. The Washington Capitals, on the other hand, are no strangers to either (well, except for this weekend, when they lost to the New Jersey Devils Friday and Philadelphia Flyers Sunday without scoring a goal, which was the first time the Caps were shutout in back-to-back home games in almost 11 years). Anyways, "Capitals Red Line" took a look at what crowd noise at Verizon Center is usually like in its weekly "Forces Of Hockey" segment.
According to host Guerin Austin, Sam "Horn Guy" Wolk's iconic blasts register at 117.4 decibels, which is the equivalent of a shotgun blast. William "Goat" Stillwell's bellows register at 106.7 decibels, which is similar to the volume of a power saw. Last, but not least, "Unleash The Fury" comes in at 116.6 decibels, or the equivalent of a loud rock concert, which makes sense, considering the Caps employ a rock star.
Before there was Alex Ovechkin, however, there was Jaromir Jagr. The former Cap visited Verizon Center Sunday with the Flyers (and was booed unmercifully whenever he touched the puck). After Philadelphia's 1-0 win, Jagr meet up with the newest Czech in town, Wizards rookie Jan Vesely:
(Photo credit: @MediaChameleon)
If Vesely is ever looking for an escape route out of town, then Jagr is the guy to ask. At least Ted Leonsis will be prepared this time.
Adam Vingan is co-founder and editor of Kings Of Leonsis, a Caps-centric blog, and is the Capitals Editor for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_KOL and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at) gmail.com.