Is that a Flyers jersey on the dugout?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a Hockey Day promotion taking place at the Frederick Keys game. It was to feature Washington Capitals legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Langway, the Caps’ cheerleaders the Red Rockers and the team mascot Slapshot, who mentioned the event on Twitter. The Keys were also promoting that you could “Stick around after the game to watch the conclusion of the Caps season finale on the videoboard!”

I go to a few Keys games a year with the family (I’m a big minor league baseball fan and highly recommend it) and we headed up there this past Saturday for Hockey Day. It’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but we (and some other fans) were a little surprised to see the guy pictured below atop the dugout throughout the game, MCing the event in a Flyers jersey, after all the Caps related promo for the event.

I spotted a few other Keys employees wearing jerseys of other teams: one in a Penguins jersey, a second in a Flyers jersey and one in a Tampa Bay Lightning shirt. There was even one employee in an Erie Otters jersey. I guess the Keys’ concept for Hockey Day was different than what the promotional information communicated with all the Caps tie-ins. The guy pictured above in the Flyers jersey, Keys Promotions Manager Brandon Apter, sent @brookslaichyear a response on Twitter, saying: “Hey man, I have to represent the team I love on Hockey Day! I did get pied in the face, wasn’t that pleasing enough?”

The pie was a nice touch (as was Apter taking time to respond on Twitter), except I’m not sure he still had his Flyers jersey on at the time of the pieing—a pie right to the logo would have been fantastic!  

Like I said above, it’s not a big deal overall, but if someone’s going to promote an event with a Caps player, the Caps mascot and the Caps cheerleaders, while also showing the Caps game on the big screen (and never saying anything about other hockey teams in the information promoting the event), then it’s probably best not to have the host in the jersey of a team that Caps fans detest. Maybe go neutral with the host’s jersey or promote the event differently so it doesn’t come across as so Caps-themed. Something tells me that if I showed up at a minor league baseball game in the Philadelphia area in a Caps jersey for an event involving the Flyers, I’d be hit with something worse than a pie.

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Posted on April 9, 2012, in Washington Capitals and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Well, to be fair, if you went to a Reading Phillies minor league game and wore a Caps Jersey on a theoretical “Hockey Night”, you would probably just get little kids mocking you and random fathers making crude jokes. It’s all in good fun– rivalries are what build up team spirit. However as a Philadelphia fan, I find there’s a sweet hilarity behind this post. If the roles were reversed and you read about this, you’d be laughing deep in the inside, too. You just have to have honor the kid that the position and the guts to pull it off.

    • Even on this side of it, I can see the hilarity. Actually, the best part was watching my four year old son react when he saw it. He was totally disgusted and looked at me as if someone had said a bad word when he saw that Flyers jersey up there on the dugout.

  2. Nothing would happen. Do Flyers fans even hate the Caps? You’re not in the same division, and I’ve never met a Flyers fan who hates the Capitals. The Canadiens, Leafs, and Penguins? Yes. They’re hated. The Caps are more like an annoying little brother who just learned a four letter word.

    • You cite not in the same division and then mention two teams who are also not in the same division. The Caps and Flyers don’t like each other much dating back to when they were in the Patrick Division together. I’ve never once talked to a Flyers fan who had more hate for the Leafs or Habs than the Caps.

    • Plenty of Flyers fans hate the caps. I loathed them when I was growing up. My dislike for them has dulled in recent years though for some reason. It’s nothing like the bsolute pure hatred that I have for the Pens.

      Maybe it has something to do with where you grow up. I grew up in south central PA where there are plenty of fans of all three teams. Nothing makes you hate a team like putting up with their obnoxious fans.

  3. As the guy who is in that picture I would have to say the Caps are in the top 5 of most hated behind the Pens, Rangers and Devils for me. Definitely not close to any of those three though. That is why I was hoping for this realignment. That way the Caps rivalry would come full swing.

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