One of the more entertaining comments Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau made during the Rangers series was, with his team down 3 games to 2, how the Capitals had won their games by such a wide margin — a total of 8-0 — compared to New York’s one-goal margin victories.
Boudreau pulled out a stunning reference to the 1960 World Series, when the New York Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by huge margins in their three victories, only to lose to the Pirates in seven games, with Pittsburgh winning each of its four games by one or two runs, including the seventh game legendary 10-9 win on Bill Mazeroski’s ninth inning game-winning home run.
Pretty good baseball reference for a Canadian.
Turns out, though, that the Capitals might have had some 1960 Pirates karma working for them. Their vice president of communications, Kurt Kehl, was born in Pittsburghjust hours after Mazeroski’s home run. His father wanted to name him Vernon Maz, after Vernon Law, the Pirates pitcher, and of course Mazeroski.
His parents didn’t, but it is the thought that counts.
Now the Capitals play a team from Pittsburgh. Kehl may have to change his name to Vernon Law to tap into that Pirates karma again………I will be on The Sports Reporters on ESPN 980 AM on Wednesday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m………to learn more about Thom Loverro, go to www.thomloverro.com