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April 30, 2014

Duggan takes slap shot at Yankees' Pineda

DANVERS — No one can say Meghan Duggan doesn’t have a wicked sense of humor.

The Danvers native, two-time Olympic silver medalist and women’s hockey captain in Sochi got the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Yankees-Red Sox game last Thursday. Observers on social media quickly picked up on a widely circulated photo of No. 10 rubbing her neck before throwing the ceremonial first pitch.

Sports bloggers exploded, saying she was “trolling” Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, who was caught cheating the night before by rubbing pine tar on his neck.

Some on Twitter said it was the best thing to happen at the game that night, given that the Yankees blew out the Sox 14-5. Even the Danvers police retweeted the Duggan photo of her reaching for the imaginary pine tar, and reaction from everyone not part of the Evil Empire was generally (though not always) positive.

“Olympian Meghan Duggan should get a gold medal for teasing Michael Pineda’s pine tar use,” wrote @SBNationMLB on Twitter.

On her Twitter account, Duggan kept it classy and did not make mention of her move when she sent out this message: “Thank you to the @RedSox for having us last night. Quite the treat being on the field and in the EMC club.”

Bowling for scholars

John LeBrun, the father of Danvers High sophomore John LeBrun, said 150 people turned out April 13 for a bowling fundraiser for the Colleen Ritzer scholarship fund.

The younger LeBrun, an avid bowler who had Ritzer for geometry this year, organized the fundraiser in honor of the Danvers High teacher who was killed, allegedly by a student, in October. LeBrun works part-time at the bowling alley at Sunnyside Bowladrome.

“Colleen’s father himself came down,” the elder LeBrun said, “and introduced himself to me and my son.” The day would not have been possible if not for businesses and others giving gift certificates, autographed Bruins pucks, Red Sox tickets and other memorabilia.

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