Thursday’s Mashup: Rob Gronkowski dented Lombardi trophy after using it as baseball bat

Lucy Burdge
April 17, 2019 - 9:16 pm

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MLB: Toronto at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Seattle at LA Angels, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 8 pm. (TNT)
NBA: Denver at San Antonio, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Golden State at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL: Vegas at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


-- The mystery of the Lombardi Trophy dent has been solved.

It was, of course, Rob Gronkowski who caused the crater in one of the Patriots’ Super Bowl trophies while he and other members of the team were at Fenway Park for the Red Sox home opener last week.

Gronkowski's teammates explained what happened in an oral history of the incident shared by the Patriots on Wednesday.

When Julian Edelman was throwing warm-up pitches before throwing one of the ceremonial first pitches, Gronkowski squared up to bunt with the trophy as the bat.

And the baseball won.

As Jason McCourty said of the mark left by the retired tight end, it is “Gronk’s parting gift.”

-- The Maple Leafs lost to the Bruins in Game 3 on Wednesday night and fans are blaming Drake.

The Drake Curse, as it is known, struck his hometown Toronto team when he showed up at the game and brought the Leafs bad luck.

The rapper will likely not be invited back to any more games for a long time.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “(Irving) is a hard cover. When he’s breaking you down and you’re forced to have to help, he’s finding guys on the perimeter and (in) transition and they’re hurting us with threes.” -- Pacers coach Nate McMillan, on Kyrie Irving