TORONTO – Eric Fehr was standing around the Capitals locker room just chatting with three visitors when Bruce Boudreau chirped, “I knew you’d gravitate over here.” Of course – Fehr was entertaining the three guests: Toronto Blue Jays players Brett Cecil, J.P. Arencibia and Ricky Romero.
Fehr – the biggest Blue Jays fan with the Caps – has been talking for a while about those guys coming to the morning skate at Air Canada Centre. They spent about an hour in the visiting locker room, meeting Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and others while also chatting it up with Fehr.
Cecil, who pitched the University of Maryland, only got to one Caps game while in College Park but made sure to see his friend while he was in town despite schedule conflicts Tuesday night.
“He’s a big baseball fan, I’m a big hockey fan, so it works out,” Cecil said. “I enjoy hockey and since they’re playing tonight and we’re playing tonight I knew we weren’t gonna get to the game.”
So Cecil made it a point to get to the skate, bringing along his son Bryton, who spent much of the time wanting to hold onto anything, whether it was a roll of hockey tape or a recorder. Young Bryton, who was in his father’s arms, couldn’t have been as happy as Fehr, who showed the other Blue Jays guys the glove Cecil gave him with “Eric Fehr #16” on it.
It’s the same kind of glove Cecil uses, and it’s what Fehr uses to play catch with Karl Alzner before games.
But this wasn’t all about Fehr, of course. The Jays players signed some autographs themselves but were excited to meet Ovechkin and Backstrom – because even though they’re pro athletes too, it’s still an awe-inspiring experience.
“It still gives you those nervous knees in the beginning when you meet those guys,” Cecil said.