Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The New England Patriots have a big game Sunday with the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. But they'll be keeping a close eye on their pro baseball neighbors as the Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
"Yeah, that's our team,'' said Tom Brady, an avid San Francisco Giants fan. "I've been here a while so I've got to see a lot of Red Sox games over the years and watched them win a few championships. You know, you don't take these for granted beacuse you don't know if they'll ever come again.
"The Red Sox had a great year, and what they've done based on last year shows everybody what fighting through adversity is about.''
His prediction: Red Sox in five. "We'll give them one,'' he said.
He didn't say whether he'd be attending any of the games, but several of his teammates are trying to get tickets.
Kicker Stephen Gostowski was lucky enough to get one.
"I have a friend,'' he said. Gostowksi isn't worried about the late start of the World Series games. "I mean, a position like mine, it's not like I have to bring a lot of film work home with me. I'm just a fan of all sports. I try to keep up with all of them.''
The Red Sox are his favorite team, with the Cardinals his favorite NL team. He predicts the Sox in six.
Gostkowski knows a little something about baseball. He pitched for four years in college at Memphis.
Matthew Slater was still scrambling to get a ticket. But he'll be watching closely anyway.
"It’s just an exciting time for the city of Boston and obviously we’re excited for those guys and what they’ve been able to do this year,'' he said. "We’re just going to be pulling for them and wishing them the best and hopefully it’ll be an outcome we can all be happy about.''
Maine's own Matthew Mulligan will be rooting for the Red Sox, even though he admitted he isn't much of a baseball man. He played one year in high school -- ''Third base, pitcher,'' he said. "I threw about 88.'' -- but the sport never grabbed him.
"I'm not into making predictions,'' said Mulligan, a West Enfield native and former UMaine player. "But I hope the Sox win.''
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeLowePPH.