Photos: Ovechkin throws out ceremonial 1st pitch at Nats game

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Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, throws out a second ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Alex Ovechkin
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, celebrates after throwing out a second ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
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Ted Leonsis (Right), owner of the Washington Capitals, holds the Stanley Cup at Nationals Park on Saturday in Washington.
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John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, Nationals Park.
John Carlson (middle) Nicklas Backstrom (left) and Alex Ovechkin (right) speak at a press conference on Saturday at Nationals Park. (Melissa Howell WTOP) (Melissa Howell WTOP)
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, Stanley Cup, Nationals Park
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin hoists the Stanley Cup at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Washington. (Melissa Howell WTOP) (Melissa Howell WTOP)
Capitals near Stanley Cup Nats Park
The Washington Capitals’ stand near the Stanley Cup at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Washington. The Stanley Cup Champions were honored before a game between the Nationals and the San Francisco Giants. (Melissa Howell WTOP) (Melissa Howell WTOP)
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Ted Leonsis, Stanley Cup, Washington Capitals
John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, Nationals Park.
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, Stanley Cup, Nationals Park
Capitals near Stanley Cup Nats Park

WASHINGTON — Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin threw Saturday’s ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals game — and then he threw the second.

The newly-minted Stanley Cup champion lobbed his first throw over the head of pitcher Max Scherzer who waited at home plate. But he got another chance and tossed it right into the waiting three-time Cy Young Award-winner’s glove.

“Too excited, too strong,” Ovechkin said. “I try to do my best.”

The Conn Smythe Trophy winner, his teammates, coaches and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis were honored at Saturday’s afternoon game where the Nationals took on the Giants.

The team got loud cheers from the crowd, which got even louder as Ovechkin, wearing a white Nationals jersey with his captain’s “C” on the front and his No. 8 on the back, hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head in the infield.

The Stanley Cup champions arrived back in Washington to a hero’s welcome Friday, and have been on tour around the city showing off their new hardware ever since.

Ovechkin said the reality of winning the championship still hasn’t set in during a Saturday press conference.

“I still can’t believe it, I think no one still can believe we did, and we are now Stanley Cup champions,” he said.

Defenseman John Carlson said his team got extra motivation during the playoff run from enthusiastic supporters in the District.

“I think we deserve it and so do the fans,” he said.

The Nationals currently sit at the top of the East division of the National League, and are expected to make a run in the playoffs.

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said he and his teammates will be cheering on the Nats as they make their own bid at a championship.

“We all know they have a good team too,” he said. “And we want to see them do the same journey as us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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