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Red Sox trio watches an Athletics-Blue Jays game on their day off

Mike Oz
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Astute watchers of Monday's Oakland Athletics-Toronto Blue Jays game might have noticed three guys sitting behind home plate who looked like they could run out on the field and play some ball. That's because they could.

A trio of Boston Red SoxDustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia — were spotted watching the Jays and A's, from two row behind home plate, proving that some ballplayers can't stay away from the game, even on their day off.

The Red Sox just finished a stretch of 17 games in 17 days on Sunday, then flew from Kansas City to Toronto, where they'd have an off day before starting a series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday. It was their first day off since July 25.

What to do with that free time? Sleep in? Go to the mall and buy some new underwear? Get a haircut? (Saltalamacchia more than Pedroia). Well, maybe — but these three Red Sox took in some matinee baseball first. How often do you see that?

Worth a note: That's Rush singer and Blue Jays megafan Geddy Lee two seats down from the Boston bros. The guy in the middle? Not sure. But now he has a good story to tell about that time he sat between Geddy Lee and Dustin Pedroia at a Blue Jays game.


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