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Athletes share top moments of 2010

As 2010 comes to a close, ESPNBoston.com asked Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins players the following question: What have you learned and what is your favorite memory from 2010? Here are their answers:

Nate Robinson, Celtics guard: "Live each day for today. Don't try to look behind in the past and don't look ahead, just live today for today. Enjoy it while you can because you never know when your time is up in this world. So each day has to be cherished and you can't take it for granted. For me the best day was getting to play again when I scored 41 against the Hawks. That was like my ultimate for 2010."

John Lackey, Red Sox pitcher: "I learned a lot about playing in Boston and a new place. This is the first time going somewhere new. It's been a fun experience. But watching Mike Lowell Day was pretty fun. Getting to play with him in his last year was pretty special."

Daniel Paille, Bruins winger: "I just got older, I guess, and being older I learned that I can't eat as much as I used to, which is not fun at all. My 2010 best memory? I'll go with the Winter Classic -- first day of the year!"

Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox outfielder: "Always work hard is what I learned. Seeing my brother go to Oregon State is my best memory."

Mark Stuart, Bruins defenseman: "I've learned to try and stay positive. Injuries are going to come and go, so try and stay positive. Don't let it get to you too much, just try and heal and get back out there. When my brothers came out to Boston, we went to a Pearl Jam concert and got to meet Eddie Vedder -- that was probably my favorite memory of the past year."

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox second baseman: "Injuries happen and you have to find a way to deal with them. But for good memories? Geez, I didn't have many good ones. I'd say watching my son get bigger. He's running around now. Him walking was pretty cool to see."

Mark Recchi, Bruins winger: "Hockey-wise the best lesson learned was it's never over, obviously, but I think I knew that anyway. Going to Prague with the guys was my best memory this year."

Kendrick Perkins, Celtics center: "I think I'm learning, in my eyes, to be a better father to my son. I've picked up a lot as he's getting older and I'm getting wiser. I'm starting to pay more attention to him on the little details that he's doing, how he's talking more and stuff like this. I think that's the key. Favorite memory is easy: my grandfather's health. He started getting better in 2010. The year 2009 was a struggle for him, but 2010 he got a whole lot better."

Ryan Kalish, Red Sox outfielder: "Just watch everybody, all these guys have been here a while -- watch and learn. My first home run, which was at Yankee Stadium, is my highlight. I grew up an hour from there. Obviously not in the new Yankee Stadium, but I've seen all my baseball as a kid at the old Yankee Stadium. So it meant a lot to hit it there."

Johnny Boychuk, Bruins defenseman: "Work hard every day and stay focused and positive. The playoffs would be my answer because it was just a good experience more so than a good memory, obviously. It was a good experience for myself -- that and getting into the lineup and actually playing in the NHL."

Felix Doubront, Red Sox pitcher: "This past year has been a very important year for me. I've learned to be a man and grow up. I saw my kid born and that made me realize that I needed to grow up. The first year of my son is my favorite memory. He was born last year, but I've enjoyed watching his first year."

Delonte West, Celtics guard: "Best lesson I've learned this year? You can't take anything for granted. You've got to take things head on with no regrets and give everything your best. You never know what tomorrow holds for you. This year I have new hindsight, insight on life, you know. I'm just controlling the things I can and things that are out of my control let it just flow with the wind because it's out of my control. Well, of course playing with those Cleveland teams, being able to play on a team that won 60-plus games, was my favorite part of 2010. I played with LeBron in both his MVP seasons and was an intrical part of helping that team win. We didn't get our ultimate goal there, but there's a lot of memories there, great times, some of the best times I've had in the NBA."

Tuukka Rask, Bruins goalie: "Always, always bring your best when you're working. That's something as a young guy with a lot of things new to you that you learn. You need to show up every day and work hard. There's a lot of good memories. Something that pops into mind hockey-wise was our first playoff series."

Darnell McDonald, Red Sox free agent: "I learned that when hard work meets opportunity, you find success. Best memory, though, is easy: My daughter was born. But as far as a baseball memory, most definitely I would say my Red Sox debut. I'll always remember how electric the crowd was. The fans were unbelievable. It feels like they're right on top of you. You don't really realize how loud it can get in Fenway Park until you actually play there. I'd say that as a favorite memory."

Shawn Thornton, Bruins winger: "That I'm only getting older and it's not fun. Golfing at Pebble Beach was the best. I went out there in July, played at Pebble for three days and then went to Napa for a few days."