Baseball and the Red Sox were back on Monday for opening day at Fenway Park, yet somehow that wasn’t the biggest return of the day in Boston.
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Brady’s jersey was stolen from the Patriots locker room immediately following their historic comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons. After a weeks-long investigation, the jersey was finally tracked down in the possession of someone who had slipped into the locker room while reportedly posing as a member of the international media.
As our friends over at Shutdown Corner reported earlier on Monday, Brady was formally presented his Super Bowl XLIX and LI jerseys by Patriots owner Robert Kraft before the team headed to Fenway Park on Monday morning. Then it was proudly displayed as the crowd roared its approval.
⬇️ Found it. pic.twitter.com/v3lCXJx7xK
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 3, 2017
Unfortunately, the reunion would be short lived. Moments after Brady fired the ceremonial first pitch, teammate and noted prankster Rob Gronkowski ripped it from his hands and made a run for it.
— Tyler Sullivan (@TylerSully) April 3, 2017
But it was recovered again quickly. This time by Brady himself, who tackled Gronkowski to the ground in short right field after a short foot pursuit.
Pretty impressive considering it usually takes more than one defender to take Gronk off his feet.
It all made for a fun moment, though perhaps one Kraft and coach Bill Belichick would prefer to never see repeated. Especially after Gronk was physically involved during a Wrestlemania appearance on Sunday.
Nonetheless, the crowd loved it, and the jersey is finally back where it belongs
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