Meghan Duggan was the captain of the U.S. women's Olympic hockey team that won a silver medal in Sochi. She's also a Massachusetts native, and on Thursday night, she was at Fenway Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before her Boston Red Sox played host to the New York Yankees.
Though she was doing a baseball thing, she couldn't help but do a very hockey thing. Just prior to the throw, she took the opportunity to mock Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for a recent incident in which he was thrown out of a game after he was caught with pine tar on his neck.
Nobody chirps like a hockey player.
This is no accident, in case you think she might have just been scratching an itch. Duggan's been retweeting people noticed the dig ever since.
Pitchers are prohibited from having any foreign substances on them or in their possession that might help them get a better handle on the ball, and Pineda was suspended for 10 games on Thursday after being caught with strip of pine tar under his right ear in the second inning.
Unlike the baseball in his short outing, he had an easier time coming to grips with the punishment.
"I accept it," he said before Thursday night's game. "I know I made a mistake."
Pineda had struggled in the first inning, and after two quick outs in the second, Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the plate umpire to check his neck. In Pineda's previous start versus Boston, there was speculation he was using a foreign substance, so Farell had reason to be suspicious.
His suspicions proved accurate, in a moment that's best captured in this wonderful GIF:
"I feel so bad", Pineda said Thursday, looking to put the moment behind him.
But not before a hockey player did what hockey players do best, and quietly made him feel worse about it. Duggan may have won a silver medal in hockey, but she gets the gold in trolling.
The Yankees did get their revenge, winning the game 14-5. But who cares about that? We certainly don't. This is a hockey blog.
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