Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and wife Erin supporting Boston homeless hit hard by coronavirus

Jackie Bradley Jr. and wife Erin supporting Boston homeless hit hard by coronavirus

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and his wife Erin have donated to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program throughout their seven-year stay in Boston and have again as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Still, Erin Bradley told Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald that the Bradleys were seeking to help in a more specific way.

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She told the Herald she kept hearing the phrase, "We're all in this together," and seeing it on social media. "But there needs to be a realization that we’re all going through this, but we’re all in different situations.

“It really wasn’t sitting well with me.”

She called BHCHP director Alyssa Brassil, who pointed to specific needs for a homeless population in Boston of which an estimated 30 percent have been infected by the virus. The BHCHP has set up a COVID-19 response fund and a wish list on amazon.com for items such as shampoo, facial tissues and flip-flops.

The Bradleys also made a video to help raise awareness and thank health care workers. The BHCHP tweeted it:

Erin Bradley told the Herald she's part of a group of Red Sox wives who have volunteered at the BHCHP in the summer and have helped collect clean white socks for the homeless at games.

“I think it’s good for fans to see that while we’re here for baseball and it’s our husbands’ jobs, we do become a part of the community, too,” Erin Bradley said. “Our daughter, Emerson, was born in Boston, which may not be a forever home for us, but will always hold a really special spot in our hearts.”

With Tom Brady gone, here are the longest tenured Boston athletes

With Tom Brady gone, here are the longest tenured Boston athletes

With Tom Brady announcing his departure from the New England Patriots organization, it made us wonder which Boston athletes have been around the longest. 

Brady began his NFL career with the Patriots in 2000, and no current athlete in Boston has been around longer than the former New England quarterback.

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Here's a list of each team's longest-tenured athletes:

Boston Bruins

Patrice Bergeron (2003): With Brady gone, Bergeron becomes the longest-tenured athlete in Boston. The 34-year-old was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and made his league debut against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 8 that same year. 

David Krejci (2006): Krejci was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The 33-year-old didn't make his NHL debut until the 2006-07 season, where he played just six games for the B's. He made his league debut on Jan. 30 against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Zdeno Chara (2006): Chara was drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round (56th overall) of 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The 42-year-old didn't join the Bruins until the 2006-07 season after spending the first eight seasons with the Islanders and Ottawa Senators. The captain made his B's debut on Oct. 6 against the Florida Panthers and tallied two assists and nearly 30 minutes of ice time. 

Tuukka Rask (2007): Rask was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (21st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The 33-year-old never played for the Maple Leafs and was traded to Boston in 2006. He made his NHL debut in 2007 against the Maple Leafs and won the game with a .938 save percentage.

New England Patriots

Stephen Gostkowski (2006): Gostkowski has spent his entire career with the Patriots and was drafted in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He has an 84.7 percent field goal percentage and a 98.3 extra point percentage in his career. The 36-year-old's 2019 season was cut short due to a hip injury.

Matthew Slater (2008): Like Gostkowski, Slater has spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Patriots. The 34-year-old was drafted in the fifth round (153rd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft as a wide receiver, but has since turned into a phenomenal special teamer for New England. 

Julian Edelman (2009): Edelman was also drafted by the Patriots, going in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. The 33-year-old has turned into a star wide receiver with New England, and will need to be on his game next season with the departure of Brady.

Patrick Chung (2009): Chung was drafted by New England in the second round (34th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. The defensive back has been a staple in the Patriots defense since joining the league and had 38 solo tackles last season.

Boston Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia (2006): Pedroia was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round (65th overall) of the 2004 MLB Draft. Although we may have seen him play his last game in a Sox uniform due to injuries, Pedroia has had an immensely successful career in Boston.

Xander Bogaerts (2013): Bogaerts signed a deal with the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2009 and made his MLB debut in 2013. He's been one of Boston's best players since joining the team, and had a terrific 2019 season with a .309 batting average and 33 home runs.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (2013): Bradley Jr. was drafted 40th overall by the Red Sox in Compensation Round A of the 2011 MLB Draft. The 29-year-old, despite not performing too well at the plate, holds down the fort in center field and is a Gold Glove winner. 

Boston Celtics

Marcus Smart (2014): Smart was drafted sixth overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Celtics. The 26-year-old has been a staple in the C's lineup since joining the league, and has even been dubbed one of the best defensive players in the entire NBA. 

Jaylen Brown (2016): Brown was drafted by the Celtics third overall in the 2016 NBA Draft and has since blossomed into one of the C's best players. The 23-year-old is in the midst of his best season to date, and will only continue to excel alongside Jayson Tatum.

Jayson Tatum (2017): Tatum, like Brown, was drafted by the Celtics third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. Also like Brown, he's having the best season of his young NBA career and has helped the Celtics find immense success this season alongside point guard Kemba Walker. 

Daniel Theis and Gordon Hayward have also been with Boston since 2017.

New Red Sox OF Kevin Pillar calls Jackie Bradley Jr. best center fielder in baseball, says he'll be happy to move to right

New Red Sox OF Kevin Pillar calls Jackie Bradley Jr. best center fielder in baseball, says he'll be happy to move to right

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kevin Pillar came of age with the Toronto Blue Jays in an American League East that featured three of the best young center fielders in baseball in himself, Boston's Jackie Bradley, and Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier.

Now that Pillar and Bradley are teammates, the newest member of the Red Sox wants to make one thing clear -- center belongs to JBJ.

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"Obviously with Jackie here, I wouldn't see myself as someone that's probably going to play center field," Pillar said on Saturday. "I was lucky to have a little experience last year moving to the corners. I'm just here to help in any way I can. Try to go out and try to be the best version of myself."

Bradley has helped box Pillar out of the Gold Glove race, with one such honor to Pillar's none, despite the latter making a series of highlight-reel catches that earned him the nickname "Superman" in Toronto.

"Obviously, he's got the hardware to prove how talented he is," Pillar said. "You ask anyone in the game, Jackie's still one of the best, if not the best defensive center fielder in the game. Yeah, it was a really cool time in my career. We all kind of came up around the same time. We all kind of surfaced at the same time as elite defenders in the American League while playing in the same division, so we all got a front-row seat to watch each other, either playing against each other or just keeping up with teams in your division, guys in your division, and without knowing him, he raised my standards of what I thought I could do defensively.

"I always wanted to keep up with him and Kiermaier, and ultimately at the end of the year, try to be crowned or titled the best defensive center fielder in the American League, if not all of baseball."

While manager Ron Roenicke said on Friday that there's a chance Bradley moves to right, Pillar will be comfortable wherever the Red Sox put him after playing 27 games in right field and hitting a career-high 21 homers with the Giants last season. He remains supremely confident in his defensive abilities, and he projects to be a fourth outfielder and right-handed complement in Boston.

"Some believe, some will say that I've taken a step back defensively," Pillar said. "I don't believe that's the case. I think it's a matter of making some minor adjustments, whether it's positioning, getting a little bit more information, which is something I'm excited about joining this organization. I wouldn't say I've resisted or refused the information in my career, but I was only really exposed to one environment."

Added Pillar: "I'm excited to be here on time with an organization that's going to give me that information and I feel like I can make those small adjustments and continue to be an elite defender, whether it's in center field, left field or right field."