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Capitals' Tom Wilson reminds Metro riders to 'Be Vigilant' in new ad

Capitals' Tom Wilson reminds Metro riders to 'Be Vigilant' in new ad

Washington Capitals forward and resident 'tough guy' Tom Wilson reminded Metro riders to "Be Vigilant" in a new advertisement published Tuesday. 

The ad, which plays on his role as Washington's enforcer, is the latest in Wilson's list of advertisements. Two years ago Wilson played a part in Paisano's Pizza's "Whachu Want" ad, along with other well-known D.C. athletes.  

In his latest acting role, Wilson speaks to his vigilance on and off the ice before ending with "if you see something, say something," one of the campaigns and slogans of many transit authorities. 

Wilson took to social media to promote the ad Friday, adding a jab at fellow Capital T.J. Oshie, who rode the Metro to Capital One Arena before Games 3 and 4 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals along with then-Capital Matt Niskanen. (Someone even made an "Oshie riding the Metro" bobblehead to commemorate the moment). 

Before his so-called acting career took off, Wilson also posted #ads on Instagram, including one for Casper mattresses and one for AXE deodorant

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All-Star Anthony Rendon wasn't in Cleveland, but brought Midsummer Classic to the Nats Youth Academy

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All-Star Anthony Rendon wasn't in Cleveland, but brought Midsummer Classic to the Nats Youth Academy

While MLB geared up for the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland, Oh. on Tuesday, first-time All-Star Anthony Rendon spent part of the day at the Nats Youth Academy. 

Rendon made the All-Star team for the first time in his seven years, but it was decided he would sit out of the Midsummer Classic to rest his left quad and hamstring.  

So, instead of walking the red carpet with the likes of Max Scherzer (and Brooklyn Scherzer), Rendon threw a baseball around with local kids. 

This all comes at a time when Rendon, his agent Scott Boras and the Nationals are still in negotiations over the third baseman's contract extension. On Monday, Boras said it's the Nationals' turn to make a move.

During Spring Training this year team owner Mark Lerner emphasized how much the Lerners like Rendon, in particular, due to his outreach with the Nats Youth Academy.

"He's certainly one of the great players of the game," Lerner said, "but he's an even finer person. His activities with the [Nats Academy] are phenomenal, he does it under the radar and it's very important to him. It's just a great example of the way a professional athlete should conduct themselves."

"He is one of my favorites for a reason," Lerner added. 

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Pedro Martínez recalls 1999 All-Star Game, 20 years later

Pedro Martínez recalls 1999 All-Star Game, 20 years later

Pedro Mart√≠nez was en route to joining Carl Hubbell's 1934 feat (where he struck out five consecutive batters at an All-Star Game) when he started for the American League on July 13, 1999, at the All-Star Game in Boston.

But an error broke Mart√≠nez' streak just one strikeout short, though he still finished the two-inning outing with five total Ks. (He and catcher Iv√°n Rodr√≠guez executed a "strike 'em out throw 'em out" double play to end the half). 

Twenty years later, Mart√≠nez remembers that game as the most unique All-Star Game in his lifetime. 

Besides his performance on the mound, Mart√≠nez still reminisces about the scene prior to the game. He remembers both All-Star teams (plus 31 other top-100 players) surrounding Ted Williams, who, at 80 years old, returned to Fenway Park and took a "victory lap" around the field. 

"The game seemed like it would never start," Martínez said in an interview.

He remembers shaking Hank Aarons' hand, and a one-on-one interaction he had with Williams.

"Ted Williams [called] me aside and [told] me I was one hell of a pitcher," Mart√≠nez said. "When you have the cream of baseball in the field and they recognize you and they want to shake your hands and they want to make you part of that they were, it's a bigger trophy than the actual trophy...it's the respect of the cream of baseball... and I got that opportunity."

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