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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.

Alex Cora says Red Sox bullpen "did an outstanding job" in loss to Angels

Alex Cora says Red Sox bullpen "did an outstanding job" in loss to Angels

When the Red Sox lose, the blame usually falls on one of two groups: The starting rotation or the bullpen. 

On Sunday, Andrew Cashner only recorded five outs against the Angels before Alex Cora pulled him from the game, leaving it up to the bullpen to retire the remaining 22 Los Angeles hitters. 

The bullpen allowed just two earned runs after Cashner let up three, but the two runs came at the worst time. Matt Barnes blew a save after Kole Calhoun took him deep to tie the game in the eighth inning, and Ryan Weber let up the go-ahead score on a single by Anthony Bemboom in the 10th.

Josh Taylor, Mitch Walden and Nathan Eovaldi delivered strong performances, and Cora made sure to give credit to his bullpen after the loss despite blowing a lead late. 

"They did an outstanding job throughout," Cora said on NESN's postgame coverage. "(Barnes) had just one fastball that was down and in and (Calhoun) put a good swing on it. But all around, Nate (Eovaldi), (Mitch) Walden, everybody threw the ball well."

Cora also noted how impressed he was with Taylor's fastball, so while the bullpen might take the heat for letting up the tying and go-ahead runs to a lesser team at home, it was the starting pitching that put them in that spot. 

"We were in a tough situation the last few days as far as relievers and length and all that stuff," Cora said. 

The Red Sox had to go deep into their bullpen on Friday as well. After Brian Johnson lasted just 2.2 innings, Cora had to use four relievers to secure the win. Thankfully that day, the offense put up 16 runs. 

The bullpen is by no means a serviceable unit relative to the top clubs in the game, but games like Sunday serve as a reminder of how bad the rotation has been too. 

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Breakfast Pod: Red Sox bullpen crumbling from overuse; Is Kemba Walker worth a max deal?

Breakfast Pod: Red Sox bullpen crumbling from overuse; Is Kemba Walker worth a max deal?

The Red Sox bullpen can't close it out again. What can be done? And is Kemba Walker with a max deal the answer for the Celtics?

1:04 - The Red Sox struggles continued with Matt Barnes giving up a two-run home run in the ninth to blow another save, John Tomase joins Early Edition to discuss what needs to be done to turn this season around.

7:28 - Tom Giles and Chris Gasper debate if the Celtics should pursue Kemba Walker in free agency.

12:23 - The BST crew hands out their midseason Red Sox report cards.