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Bruins Fan Starts Fight with Lightning Mascot After Silly String Incident (Video)

All Boston bias aside, I can see both sides of the argument here. Yes, the fan overreacted. I have no idea what type of smack talk was going on between this Bruins fan and the Lightning’s mascot, Thunderbug, before the exchange. That being said, trash talk is part of the experience of being at a game. Getting silly string sprayed in your face is not.

Can you really throw someone out of the game for this? What do you say to that person? “Hey man, listen — I know you weren’t expecting it and mascots don’t usually spray silly string in fans’ faces, but that’s just the way it goes around here. You were supposed to just sit there and take it and do nothing, but now that you decided to tackle Thunderbug we have to throw you out. Sorry.” When mascots get run over by a player or take a foul ball to the neck, it’s usually undeserving and they don’t see it coming. Thunderbug’s biggest mistake was turning his back after he assaulted the guy.

H/T to Puck Daddy for the video

Tampa Bay Lightning Players Take Batting Practice with Rays (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays and extremely friendly to fellow members of the sports community. During spring training, manager Joe Maddon let Buccaneers football coach Raheem Morris manage a game. On Thursday, he let some Tampa Bay Lightning players take batting practice with the team. While nobody embarrassed themselves like Larry Fitzgerald, they also didn’t exactly show the power of Tim Tebow.

Check out this video of Teddy Purcell, Steven Stamkos, and goalie Mike Smith taking BP at the Trop:

Stamkos’ swing wasn’t that bad, so it’s no surprise to learn he played ball growing up. The video didn’t show it, but Smith bombed one out on his last shot and took a jog around the bases. The shock is that Smith hit a home run despite never playing baseball (he had only played softball).

Video courtesy of The St. Petersburg Times