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U.S. hockey captain Meghan Duggan talks about Michael Pineda first pitch reference

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U.S. Olympic hockey captain Meghan Duggan had finished playing golf with a friend Friday when she saw a flood of text messages and social media notifications on her phone.

“I didn’t think it would go viral,” she said.

Duggan made a motion to her neck when throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before a Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Thursday night.

The reference was to New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, who was suspended 10 games after he pitched with pine tar on his neck Wednesday.

“It was kind of a spur of the moment, funny thing to get the crowd going,” said Duggan, a Massachusetts native and Red Sox fan who threw the pitch in front of several of her Olympic silver medal-winning teammates. “I meant no harm by it.”

Before the pitch, the hockey players discussed the previous night’s game when Pineda was ejected. Duggan was the only one to throw a first pitch.

She said the crowd and Red Sox players laughed when she motioned to her neck.

“I’m proud to be from Boston,” Duggan said. “It was fun to get the crowd reaction.”

Duggan said the most interesting comment she received Friday was a person asking her to prom on Twitter. Duggan said she hasn’t responded yet.

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