FOXBORO -- David Ortiz has a game to play on Sunday night, but before that happens, his retirment tour around the country will make a brief stop at Gillette Stadium.
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In speaking with 98.5 The Sports Hub on Sunday, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said the team would hold a pregame ceremony to celebrate the Red Sox slugger during his final season. The Red Sox and Yankees game scheduled for Sunday was moved to primetime on Sunday night in recent weeks, allowing Ortiz the time to make his way to Foxboro for the 1 p.m. kickoff. jerse
Ortiz drew a raucous ovation from the crowd, particularly when he walked on the field wearing a Tom Brady jersey.
It will be a busy day at Gillette, as Patriots Hall of Famer Kevin Faulk will be celebrated at halftime.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
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Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.