Score one for the trolls.
Meghan Duggan, captain of the American women’s Olympic team, did an ingenious job poking fun at a controversy surrounding the New York Yankees Thursday night. Duggan, a Massachusetts native, was on hand at Fenway Park to throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, clad in a Red Sox jersey. Before she popped the mitt, she made a cheeky little gesture, touching her neck:
She did so in reference to Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, who was busted a night earlier for having pine tar on his neck. He was dabbing his fingers with it to improve his grip on a cold night. It’s a wise move in theory, but it’s technically cheating and he did so with the subtlety of How I Met Your Mother (Yep, I went there. Vastly overrated show.)
Here’s the incident, which earned Pineda a 10-game suspension:
In case you’re wondering if Duggan’s neck touch was accidental, Yahoo’s Harrison Mooney had a clever observation: Duggan retweeted anyone on Twitter praising her for the burn.
Why spread Duggan’s story? It’s not that it’s important news. It’s that sports and hockey in particular need more fun characters if you ask me, and friendly ribbing falls under that umbrella. Good on ya, Meghan.
Click here if you want more on the incident, as told by a bizarre robot voice lady. Don’t ask me why I found this or why it exists.
Now comes the part where Canadians turn this story into a joke about the women’s gold medal game in the comments below. Have fun and play nice!
Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blog. For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine. Follow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin