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Triple Frown

Just four days ago the Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox all won on a single day. Hub sports fans had little to celebrate tonight with all three teams losing.

Only the Bruins put up much of a fight, battling back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the match in the third period. Finnish flyers winger Ville Leino broke the tie at the 14:20 mark but veteran forward Mark Recchi scored with 32 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime.

Recently returned Simon Gagne scored the winning goal with 5:20 remaining in extra time. Gagnes mean nothing good for Boston teams.

The real heroes on the field and in reality were the 82nd Airborne Division All American Freefall team. Three paratroopers descended from a C-130 Hercules cruising at 3,000 feet altitude with a speed of 120 miles per hour, the approximate terminal velocity of a person with arms and legs extended. They carried baseballs signed by troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The aerial event raised awareness for the The Home Base charity, an organization formed by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital to aid soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries.

They spiraled earthwards, resembling the Red Sox’s regular season thus far and the Celtics playoff run. Boston’s basketball team trails the series against the Cavaliers 2-1, and since David Stern’s desire for a Kobe Bryant and LeBron James face-off in the finals is greater than Alex Rodriguez’s lust for blond starlets, I expect NBA referees to ease Cleveland’s way to the next round.

Josh Beckett, who is supposed to be Boston’s ace and opening day starter, reverted to April form, lasting a mere 5⅓ innings with 9 hits, 9 earned runs, 3 walks, and 8 strikeouts. In contrast, Phil Hughes is the Yankees fifth starter and ended the evening with a 4-0 record, 7 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, 1 base on balls, and 7 strikeouts.

If only Tuuka Rask could pitch.

Game 30: May 7, 2010
10W: Phil Hughes (4-0)
2B: Alex Rodriguez (7)
HR: Nick Swisher (6)
Red Sox
3L: Josh Beckett (1-1)
2B: J.D. Drew (7)

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