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Nationals' Schwarber sports red hockey helmet in nod to Capitals

Washington outfielder had just hit walk-off home run in 10th inning

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals are no strangers to sporting gear in support of their neighbors, MLB's Washington Nationals.

But Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber took the friendship up a notch by celebrating his big night with a red hockey helmet during his postgame press conference on Friday.

The fashionable and functional headwear was befitting Schwarber's 454-foot walk-off dinger in the 10th inning that sent the Nationals to a 2-1 win against the Miami Marlins for their 10th win of the season.

During the press conference, Schwarber offered a simple explanation for his look.

"Caps. You know, big hockey team. Rally home. Gotta love it," Schwarber said.

Schwarber then handed the helmet off to pitcher Jon Lester, who got a no-decision in his first start of the season. When asked if this was a new postgame ritual, Schwarber offered a more wait-and-see sentiment.

"I guess it just came out today," he said. "Just made its first appearance, but happy to be wearing it, especially right now. Big win."

In August, the Capitals wore Nationals bucket hats to support the defending 2019 World Series Champions.

Tweet from @Capitals: It's a baseball hat...for the hockey!#ALLCAPS x #NATITUDE

In 2019, they sported matching Nationals t-shirts before Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Alex Ovechkin made an appearance at Game 4 to throw out the first pitch in a Nationals jersey, and even offered his services as the Nationals headed to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers.

Tweet from @Capitals: Heading out to Nashville in style!GO @NATIONALS!!#ALLCAPS // #STAYINTHEFIGHT

Tweet from @ovi8: maybe I should come to LA ?? )))) go @Nationals !!

And the Nationals celebrated their World Series win in 2019 at a Capitals game, of course dressed for the occasion. 

A month earlier, a game-used Nationals batting helmet from the team's equipment manager became the Capitals' postgame MVP award.

Tweet from @Capitals: Was it a Whip-cream pie? 🤔

These guys can't stop supporting each other, which we always love to see.

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