Tom Brady embraces David Ortiz after Brady throws the first pitch at the Red Sox home opener yesterday. AP Photo
The Summer of Tom Brady rolls along. Brady recently said he will be living in the Boston area after he retires from football.

"This is where my kids were born, where they’ll be raised,” Brady said at the Salesforce World Tour Boston stop at Hynes Convention Center, via the Boston Herald. “I’ll be a lifer here.”

Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen have a $4.5 million house in Brookline that they'll continue to live in after the couple recently sold their mansion in Los Angeles. Brady isn't the first Boston athlete to recently say they'll be living in Boston once they stop playing. Former Boston Bruin (and one of my personal favorites) Shawn Thornton, as well as Andrew Ference, said numerous times that they want to live in Boston once their NHL playing careers are over.

The culture of this city really does wonders for a lot of players. Brady also gave high praise to us, the Boston fans.

“With all due respect to the Bay Area, there’s no better place to play than Boston,” Brady said. “When I got here, it was still very much a Red Sox town. They really dominated the headlines. We were fortunate to win in 2001 and it made people interested in football again. And we’ve had such a great run for the past 15 years.”

Brady didn't stop there.

He, Bill Belichick and Jonathan and Robert Kraft were on hand at Fenway Park yesterday for the Red Sox home opener against the Nationals. The Red Sox do as good a job as anyone honoring championship teams, and that continued yesterday. A highlight reel from their Super Bowl XLIX victory played over the jumbotron in center field and then the four of them came out from behind the American Flag that was draped over the Green Monster, each holding one of the four Lombardi trophies.

Brady then threw out the ceremonial first pitch to David Ortiz. It was a pretty bad throw, but at least it wasn't as bad as 50 Cent's throw at a Mets game or Carly Rae Jepsen at a Rays game.

Finally, Brady's day of fun concluded with Pedro Martinez throwing batting practice to him. Brady connected on a few pitches and made some decent contact. Brady was once drafted as a catcher by the now-defunct Montreal Expos, so he's got at least somewhat of a clue as to what he's doing with the bat.

All in all, a pretty good 24 hours for the three-time Super Bowl MVP.

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Jesse Gaunce 4/14/2015 12:37:00 PM Edit

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