After celebrations continued into the early hours of the night, the Quebec Capitals, crowned champions of the Frontier Baseball League on Sunday evening, left the Evansville hotel and headed home Monday morning. .
Before boarding the team bus, Michel Laplante, president of the Capitales, talked about the conclusion of a magical season while wolfing down a bowl of cereal.
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“There were these 14 consecutive victories in July and the magic won, but the magic will not win every year,” he noted, the day after a 12 to 3 victory in the fifth and final match of the final against the Otters. When the magic passes, you have to savor it and take advantage of it. It’s also important to stay humble in all of this. »
Manager Patrick Scalabrini plans to celebrate for a few more days before resting and finally spending some time with family.
“At each of the championships, I enjoy it,” said Scalabrini, all smiles, before boarding the bus, trophy in hand.
Sunday evening, when it was time to celebrate on the pitch, the manager made people smile as he absolutely wanted to have “something to drink” before starting any interview to comment on the victory. It wasn’t out of superstition, but rather to enjoy the moment.
Photo credit: Benoît Rioux
“It was to take a break and mark the start of the festivities,” he explained on Monday, recalling the adversity that the Capitals experienced during this 2023 season. I was so emotionally invested, especially in the last days and weeks. »
Festivities in Quebec
On Sunday, the champions naturally took advantage of an outing to an Evansville bar to celebrate and drink from the cup. An unusual moment of the festive evening occurred when, on the establishment’s giant screen, highlights of the match were broadcast by a local television to the applause and shouts of the members of the Capitals. Once they arrive in Quebec on Tuesday morning, the players will receive congratulations from their supporters.
Photo credit: Benoît Rioux.
A visit is planned for Tuesday, late afternoon, at city hall. The members of the Capitales will then meet on the terrace of Stade Canac, for a 5 to 7, on the sidelines of the Diamonds match, in the final of the Quebec Junior Elite Baseball League.
The 25the birthday
If he is also delighted with this second consecutive conquest and this ninth championship in the history of the Capitals, Michel Laplante mentions that his work will continue in the coming days, just like that of general manager Charles Demers.
“We have a big year ahead of us, it’s the 25the anniversary of the team and we will also host the All-Star Game,” mentioned the president.
Photo credit: Benoît Rioux.
Scalabrini also knows too well that he will quickly start thinking about the composition of his team for the 2024 season. We will also have to wait a little longer before identifying the players who will be back. For now, there is Quebecer David Glaude who has however confirmed his retirement from professional baseball.
“The good news is that a championship always has a great impact in attracting players,” noted Laplante.
One more flag
Obviously, the Capitals do not intend to sit on their laurels. They did not do it after the conquest of 2022 and will not do it again following this other championship.
Among the next tasks to accomplish, you will have to take the time to add a flag with the words 2023 on the team bus.
Photo Benoît Rioux