Apr 22, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) skates with the puck in the third period against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs at Verizon Center. Boston won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
The Red Sox have faced more than their fair share of injuries over these past few years, but now their injury-prone ways might be spreading to other Boston-area teams.
Tyler Seguin was the almost-victim Wednesday night. Seguin, for those Sox fans who do not know, was the second overall pick by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL draft. While I don't know all that much about hockey, I gather that his leading the team in goals and points and coming in second in the whole league to his teammate Patrice Bergeron in plus/minus suggests he's fairly decent at his job.
The NHL season, however, has not yet begun, leaving Seguin free to pursue other interests. Like speed dating at a Lowell Spinners game, and nearly getting decapitated in the process.
The speed dating promotion, you see, had placed Seguin in the death seats on the infield but past the protective screen for foul balls. And, with the promotion in full swing, he had his back turned to the batter: a dangerous situation to be in when a hard foul ball came for the back of his head.
Luckily for Seguin, Spinners Vice President Dan Beaulieu is some kind of superhero, and managed to thrust his phone into harm's way to protect the young Bruins star.
This is not the only time that the Red Sox have come close to ruining another Boston team, however. Let's look back...
June 22, 2000 -- Tedy Bruschi takes in a Red Sox - Yankees game in Fenway Park--his first ever baseball game. Those who accompanied him to the game reported that Bruschi was enthralled by the experience, and by the third inning was letting anyone who would listen know that he could "totally do that. I mean, you just have to hit the ball, right?"
By the end of the week, Bruschi had erected a full-size batting cage in his back yard and purchased high quality replicas of both home and away Red Sox uniforms, batting helmets and all. Bruschi is about to approach newly-hired head coach Bill Belichick of either becoming a two-sport star or retiring outright from football when he was made aware that he would have to start in the minor leagues, and the conditions faced by minor leaguers. Two hours later, the batting cage was torn down.
January 12, 1998 -- Attempting to capitalize on his sudden emergence as a legitimate NBA player, 26-year-old Bruce Bowen attempts to hire Mo Vaughn to take out Antoine Walker's knees with a baseball bat that he might take over his starting role. Vaughn goes as far as to tail Walker for three full days before he realizes he has far too much money for Bowen to ever be able to make the assault worth his while, and Antoine shimmies away from danger as Vaughn goes to the Celtics brass at the end of the season, leaving Bowen in the dog house and eventually out of Boston entirely.
October 12, 1967 -- After a disastrous 7-2 loss to the Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series, Carl Yastrzemski goes to drown his sorrows at a local bar and runs into Bobby Orr, whose second campaign with the Bruins had just begun. Orr and Yastrzemski hit it off, and the next morning Yaz wakes up in a roadside ditch with a blood-stained shirt and Orr's wallet. Orr goes missing for the next two games before mysteriously appearing right at the start of the next Bruins game featuring two shiners and, per teammates "a trunk full of bizarre tropical fruits." Neither man speaks of the night again.