What If Tom Brady Played Baseball?
New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady is fresh off his fourth Super Bowl Championship and his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. The 37-year-old is no closer to retirement now than he was five years ago. Brady appears to be as a fine wine and just getting better with age, but did you know Tom Brady was almost a professional baseball player?
Tom Brady is perhaps the greatest Quarterback of All-Time and there’s no doubt he excels at everything he does, so there is no reason not to believe that Brady wouldn’t have been destined for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame if that was the career path he chose.
Tom Brady was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft by the Montreal Expos as a 17-year-old recent high school graduate on his way to attend the University of Michigan. Tom Brady attended Serra High School in San Mateo, California where he was an outstanding three-sport athlete (football, baseball, basketball). Baseball scouts loved Brady from the plate as a left-handed power bat, but even more his outstanding arm. Obviously, we all know of his golden arm from his work from the Quarterback position, but imagine that same arm behind the dish gunning down runners trying to swipe bases on him.
Tom Brady made the decision to forgo Major League Baseball and head to Ann Arbor, and all New England Patriot fans thank the heavens he did. Montreal never gave up their pursuit of Brady, but the team also never offered him any money because Brady was dedicated to football and thriving as a professional Quarterback.
Tom Brady was in attendance for Monday’s Boston Red Sox home opener along with the New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, President Jonathan Kraft and Head Coach Bill Belichick. Brady threw out the first pitch into the mitt of David Ortiz (which he bounced), but he made up for the bad pitch by mashing BP in the Fenway Park cages against Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez.
Tom Brady was destined to be a Quarterback and rightfully so, as he is arguably the greatest to ever play the position. However, it is always fun to think about what would happen if he had chose a different path for his career. Would he have been the Joe Mauer of his day or the Buster Posey of today? The world will never know, but you can always bet on Brady, and no matter what he does, he does it better than anyone else.
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