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Great Clips of the Week: Stanley Cup winners get 2 first pitches

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Jun 11th, 2018 @ 11:05am

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DOING A KEG-STAND — When you win, you get to do whatever you want.

It doesn’t matter if you win for the first time in three decades, reach the top of the heap with a miraculous relay finish, or become the second Triple Crown winner in four years — winners get the mulligans.

Here are our favorite examples of winning this weekend. As always, click the video above for more of our Great Clips of the Week.

Ovie gets a mulligan

After Alexander Ovechkin led the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship in team history, the Russian international and the crew were invited to the ballpark.

Ovechkin threw out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals on Saturday, and he even got to throw out a second pitch.

But it wasn’t for the right reasons; Ovechkin's first pitch sailed way over Max Scherzer's head behind the plate, but the Nationals’ ace was kind enough to give him another shot.

When you’re the Conn Smythe Trophy winner and MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, you get as many throws as you want.

Of course, taking in a baseball game wasn’t the only way the Caps celebrated their long awaited championship.

It started at a Las Vegas nightclub the night they eliminated the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. And it even went to a nondescript D.C. fountain in Georgetown, where Ovechkin did keg-stands out of the Cup.

Live your own life, Washington fans.

Never give up, kids

USC needed a win in the final event of Saturday’s NCAA women’s track and field championships at Track Town in Eugene, Oregon.

Any other result but a 1,600-meter relay championship would give the title to Georgia.

And Purdue was on its way to a title with huge lead on the final turn of the event.

But then Kendall Ellis happened.

Ellis' insane final leg gave her a 50.1-second split, edging Purdue’s Jahneya Mitchell for the title and give the Trojans their 106th national title in athletic department history.

Let that be a lesson about overcoming to all the young, aspiring track and field athletes out there.

Lucky No. 13

He may have been the favorite, but Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Justify lived up to his billing Saturday afternoon, win by 1 3/4 lengths in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown champion, and the second in four years.

Justify also became just the second-ever Triple Crown winner to be undefeated in its career, joining Seattle Slew in 1977. The horse is currently 6-0 all-time and didn’t start racing until 77 days before the Derby, but now he’s the winner of $3,798,000 in purse winnings since he was purchased at just $500,000.

That’s quite the return on investment.

Donovan the Recruiter

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is trying to build a winner in Salt Lake City.

Known for his sensational rookie season and fan-loving demeanor off the court, Mitchell has been making the media rounds with stops interviewing players like Kevin Love at the NBA Finals.

He’s also been quietly trying to recruit big-time free agents to Utah.

Listen to Mitchell tell ESPN’s biggest insider during an episode of the Woj Pod why Vivint Arena needs to be in the conversation for today’s priority free agents.

Listen to the whole episode here, or on iTunes and any other pod catcher you use.


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