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Rangers hit batting cage, Emrick makes Colon reference at Winter Classic

At Citi Field, players take cuts while famous Met gets shout-out on broadcast @NHL

Since hockey games are only played at baseball stadiums on rare occasions, the New York Rangers decided to take advantage of some of Citi Field's amenties.

During the broadcast of the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NBC cut to a video of some of the players taking a few cuts practice at the team's indoor batting cage.

Rick Nash's swing appeared to need a little work, but when Marc Staal stepped in to face J.T. Miller, he cracked one pretty good.

It was hardly the only time baseball came up on the broadcast as New York native Kevin Shattenkirk was pointed out as a long-time Mets fan.

Video: NYR@BUF: Rangers hit the batting cage at Citi Field

But perhaps the best nod to the Winter Classic hosts came from NBC announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick.

After Rangers forward Michael Grabner scored the game's second goal, Emrick said Grabner was "wearing Bartolo Colon's number 40."

Colon, one of the most popular Mets in recent memory, as much for his rotund figure as his penchant for winning games, had perhaps his most famous moment while playing for the franchise.

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The picther's first career home run in his 19th MLB season back in May of 2016, nearly broke the internet

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