The Gronk tracker edition

Red Sox beat the Orioles, 11 to 9 in spring training.

The morning quote:
“As recently as two, three days ago, he assured me he’s willing to play six or seven more years.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaking at the NFL annual meetings yesterday about the Greatest Football Player of All Time, (or GFPOAT, as we like to call him).

The morning quote, II: 
“Good luck.”
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, on the prospect of the GFPOAT going another six or seven years.

The morning quote, III:
“We’re happy we’ll be celebrating our fifth banner. He can decide whether he wants to be there.”
Robert Kraft, on whether evil arch-villain Roger Goodell will be in Foxboro for the Patriots’ regular season opener in September. The words “cold day in hell” pop into our minds.

Want to know what Gronk was doing in Miami last weekend?
The Miami Herald has the details. He spent Saturday afternoon at Anatomy at 1220 gym, then moved to Dolce Italian for dinner. Sunday, he went to SLS South Beach, where he took off his shirt (NY Post picture here) and took over the DJ booth for the Miami Music Week closing party.

Want to know what Tom Brady was doing in Georgia yesterday?
Playing golf at Augusta National with Jordan Spieth (Fox Sports picture here). Both men are sponsored by Under Armour. Our invitation to join them must have been lost in the mail somehow. Maybe next year.

Our favorite headline of the morning comes from
“Cavaliers out of first place in East after 103-74 loss to San Antonio Spurs.” That’s right, your Boston Celtics are now the top seed. Our favorite quote from the article: “The Cavs are neither healthy nor do they look anything like a team that should be thinking about the Finals right now.”

Our second-favorite headline of the morning comes from
“Under Bruce Arena, the US men’s national soccer team has transformed from an embarrassment into an aggressive attacking force.” There you go, WESR reader, Sam M.

What you need to know about yesterday’s Red Sox spring training game:
Boston overcame a shaky outing by starter Eduardo Rodriguez (six runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in six inning) to beat the Orioles. The Red Sox offense was led by catcher Sandy Leon’s two homers, including a grand slam, and a Steve Selsky’s solo round-tripper.

The Red Sox’s bullpen is mighty weak right now:
Their newly acquired setup man, Tyler Thornburg will be starting the season on the DL with a host of ailments, and Carson Smith (Tommy John surgery) won’t be back until June at the earliest. We’re putting our faith in you, Joe Kelly. Gulp.

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