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Nationals pitcher Scherzer drops baseball over puck at Capitals game

National League champions celebrated at Capital One Arena on Friday

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Scherzer's unique puck drop

NYR@WSH: Scherzer puts twist on ceremonial puck drop

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer comes out for the ceremonial puck drop, but swaps in a baseball to start the game

  • 01:25 •

Max Scherzer threw the Washington Capitals a curveball.

The ace pitcher from the National League champion Washington Nationals did not drop the ceremonial first puck at Capital One Arena -- he dropped the ceremonial first baseball instead.

Scherzer and the Nationals were invited to the game against the New York Rangers because they had the night off after completing a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday to win the National League pennant.

But Scherzer pulling the hidden ball trick was only the start of the Nationals-themed party on Friday.

Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton read the starting lines.

Tweet from @Capitals: In case you were wondering why the boys were jumping!@adamspankyeaton got em all fired up. Thanks @Nationals!#ALLCAPS // #STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/KtMESraE36

Fans also did a raucous "Baby Shark" dance during the game, a tribute to Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra.

Tweet from @Capitals: CAPITAL ONE ARENA DID THE BABY SHARK CHOMP!!!#ALLCAPS // #STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/uK2my37yYJ

The Capitals are returning the favor in D.C. after the Nationals showed up to salute their NHL counterparts during their run to the Stanley Cup in 2018.

Tweet from @Capitals: You were there for us, you know we're here for you.Now go win a #WorldSeries#ALLCAPS // #STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/Xjyajtju50

The Nationals will face the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in the World Series.

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