Notable Patriots Will Be Absent from Fenway Pregame Festivities
By Kevin Duffy
The Patriots will visit Fenway Park tomorrow for the Red Sox home opener, but their Big Three won’t be part of the trip.
Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady are not expected to attend, according to a team source.
Kraft is out of town. Belichick and other coaches and personnel staffers are busy gearing up for the NFL Draft. The Patriots can begin hosting players on visits in the weeks leading up to the draft, which takes place from April 25-27.
All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore and the recently-retired Rob Gronkowski indicated that they’ll make the trip to Fenway. While attending Saturday night’s Make-A-Wish Gala in Boston, Gronkowski shouted, “I’ll be there!” during the bidding for four tickets to the Red Sox home opener, according to Boston.com . Gilmore told the FOX affiliate in Columbia, S.C., that he plans to attend.
The Patriots expect approximately 20 players to attend.
It’s become tradition for the Red Sox to invite the Patriots to the home opener to celebrate a Super Bowl victory.
After beating the Seahawks in 2015, capturing the franchise’s fourth Lombardi Trophy, Brady took the field at Fenway wearing a T-Shirt that simply read, “5.”
Following the epic Super Bowl win over the Falcons in 2017, Brady threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway and was joined by teammates Gronkowski, James White and Dion Lewis.
The Patriots’ offseason program begins on April 15. The first two weeks consist of strength and conditioning and rehabilitation.
On-field workouts begin in the third week of the offseason program.