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Today’s #tbt is dedicated to all the Red Sox fans in the Upper Valley

Find more three more Sox-related throwbacks at our Instagram post. And, in general, there are always more throwbacks on the @vnewsuv Instagram at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag.

A load of souvenir baseball bats are moved to be shipped at Bates and Wilkins in Plainfield, N.H., in October 1980. The company’s woodworkers turn about about 75,000 bats annually on its lathes destined for team give-aways, including by the Boston Red Sox. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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Boston Red Sox fans celebrate while watching a televised Game 5 World Series baseball game in a bar, in Boston, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, moments after the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1, in Los Angeles, to win the series 4 games to 1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

It’s been a cold week for soccer, life in general

Read more about Hanover’s win and other local scores in our sports roundup.


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1️⃣ With temperatures in the 30s, the Hanover girls soccer team wears parkas, hats and blankets to keep warm at halftime against Coe-Brown in the opening round of the playoffs in Hanover #NH on Thursday. The fifth-seeded Marauders rolled over 12th-ranked Coe-Brown, 5-0. 2️⃣ Hanover’s Bryn Kable, center, advances the ball against Coe-Brown’s Olivia Farrar as teammate Riley Craft watches in the second half of their playoff game. ? Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. ? (Valley News – Geoff Hansen @geoff_hansen) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #hanovernh #nhiaa #soccer #sports #beautifulgame #playoffs #tournament #blankets #cold #freezing #chilly #603 #⚽️

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The Philadelphia Flyers have a new mascot, and everyone hates it

The Philadelphia Flyers on Monday announced they had added a new mascot to their hockey family. The team introduced the world to “Gritty,” an orange … thing that most closely resembles some kind of monster. It’s unclear if he’s related to the Phillies’ Phanatic, which I just today found out is not a monster but instead a large green flightless bird.

Here’s what the team had to say about Gritty, who you can follow on Twitter, if you’re into that sort of thing:

He’s loyal but mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team. Legend has it he earned the name “Gritty” for possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows.

He claims that he’s been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time.

Gritty apparently is a little rough around the edges, a bit quirky, and a huge fan of hot dogs. OK, sure.

Despite all his charm, however, Gritty was not as well-received as the team presumably had hoped. I scrolled pretty far down through the replies to the Flyers’ announcement tweet and didn’t see anything positive. Here are some selected reactions:

I feel like I need to warn you about the next photo. Sorry in advance.

Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb even weighed in on Gritty’s unveiling.

Says it all, tbh.

The Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty, takes to the ice during the first intermission of the Flyers’ preseason NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Monday, Sept, 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)