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Belichick's Red Sox shoutout, and Edelman's Celtics love, shows awesome bond Boston teams share

Alex Reimer
October 05, 2018 - 2:12 pm
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Bill Belichick usually can’t step away from the podium fast enough, but the often dour Patriots head coach had one message for reporters before ending his press conference Thursday: let’s go Red Sox.

"I'd just like to wish the Red Sox well in their playoff series," he told reporters, per WEEI's Ryan Hannable. "We're pulling for them."

Belichick’s shoutout to the Red Sox underscores the bond that each of Boston’s four major professional sports teams share with each other, and pardon me for sounding like a total fan boy, but that’s pretty cool.

This phenomenon is nothing new. Belichick, Terry Francona, Doc Rivers and Claude Julien were such close friends, they formed a “winner’s circle” of sorts, regularly communicating with each other and sharing advice. Belichick even once showed up at the Winter Classic in 2016, skating at Gillette Stadium before the Bruins took on the Canadiens –– complete with a B’s winter hat.

Even though Francona is gone, Belichick seems particularly invested in this year's Red Sox team, given his friendship with advisor Tony La Russa. Belichick welcomed La Russa to Patriots practice this year, and La Russa caught a Spring Training game with The Hoodie back in Fort Myers. 

Patriots and Celtics players appear to enjoy particularly close relationships, considering the former group routinely crowds the front row during big Celtics games. On Thursday, Julian Edelman revealed he worked out at the Celtics’ new facility in Brighton during his suspension, and wore a customized No. 11 C’s jersey at his postgame presser. Maybe he heard the news about Kyrie Irving pledging to re-sign with the Celtics.

"(The jersey) passed by me before it got to him," Irving said Friday when asked about Edelman's show of support, per NBC Boston's Chris Forsberg. "I'm appreciative of him. He's a great person. Hopefully, I'll ask the Patriots if they can give me a No. 11 jersey with my name on the back, just like Edelman. That'd be nice."

Edelman also played ping-pong with Gordon Hayward during his time with the Celtics, and joked Thursday that the star forward uses a special paddle. 

This week in particular illustrates how privileged we are to follow sports in Boston. In a 72-hour span, the Patriots routed the Colts on Thursday Night Football, the Red Sox will begin their playoff series against the Yankees, Irving verbally committed to the Celtics and the Bruins started their season. This stretch could be a preview of the entire month, provided the Red Sox oust the vanted Yankees.

It's nice to know all the folks in starring roles are in it together. 

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