Morning sports update: Bruins prospect Urho Vaakanainen says his first Red Sox game was ‘pretty boring’

"Well, there were a lot of home runs."

Urho VaaKanainen
Boston Bruins prospect Urho Vaakanainen at Development Camp. –Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and Rafael Devers added a solo shot as the Red Sox beat the Angels 4-2 on Thursday night. Boston has won six of seven as they head to New York to open a three-game series against the Yankees Friday night.

Bruins prospect Urho Vaakanainen on his first baseball game (a 15-run Red Sox win): ‘It’s pretty boring’

The Red Sox game on Wednesday night featured 15 runs, five homers, and a collision at the plate that led to one of the Los Angeles Angels getting carted off the field. Quite the action-packed affair, no? Not quite, according to Bruins prospect Urho Vaakanainen.


For Vaakanainen, the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Boston’s 9-6 win was his first time taking in a baseball game. The Finnish defenseman was less than impressed by the spectacle.

“It was the first baseball game for me and — I gotta say — it’s pretty boring,” Vaakanainen laughed, per WBZ’s Scott Sullivan. “Well, there were a lot of home runs.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound blue-liner played in the Swedish Elite league last season after Boston selected him with their top pick. He’s expected to start his North American career in Providence, but he’ll get a chance to prove himself during development camp while most of the Bruins are on a trip to China.

“He’s a minute-crunching defenseman,” said Bruins director of player development Jamie Langenbrunner, per the Boston Herald. “The thing with him that I find impressive is his energy level stays the same all the way through. He’s a smooth skater.”

It certainly sounds like the 19-year-old’s heart rate didn’t spike at Fenway Park.

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