Brady on Ortiz: 'I love watching him play'


Brady on Ortiz: 'I love watching him play'

FOXBORO -- The outpouring of emotion Monday night when the career of David Ortiz came to an abrupt end was a precursor to how it may feel when Tom Brady retires.

By the time he’s done, Brady will likely have been in New England for at least 20 seasons. He’ll have been a constant in the lives of some New England sports fans from the time they were children until they were married with kids of their own. He got here when none of my kids were in school. He will likely leave when one’s graduated college and the other two are halfway through.

He hasn’t just been around a while. He’s been the catalyst for countless moments of communal joy in the region.

Wednesday, I asked Brady in the Patriots locker room about Ortiz and playing in Boston.  

“I had an appreciation for him from afar,” Brady said of Ortiz. “I didn’t know him super-well because the seasons overlapped, but I love watching him play.”

The mutual adoration between Ortiz and Boston was always evident.

I asked Brady, who received almost unstinting support from Patriots fans during Deflategate, whether he feels the same playing here.  

“I think it’s pretty special,” he said. “It’s the best place to play in the world. It’s a small area that’s so focused on everything that we’re trying to do or accomplish. Whether it’s the Red Sox or Patriots or Bruins or Celtics, it’s everybody all in, all the time.”

A longer discussion of why the Brady outpouring will be bigger than Ortiz’ and whether Brady will announce he’s leaving or fade away is on Quick Slants The Podcast this week.


Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

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.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

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.