Mac Jones will be rooting for the hometown baseball team Monday night.
The New England Patriots rookie quarterback threw his support behind the Boston Red Sox during his latest weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria.”
Though he acknowledged he isn’t the biggest baseball fan, Jones said he actually has a familial connection to the Sox, who are looking to close out the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
“The Red Sox, I definitely grew up actually watching them,” said Jones, a Jacksonville, Fla., native. “My grandfather was a huge Red Sox fan. I’m glad to see them doing well and hope they can pull out this series.”
Hours after Jones and the Patriots rallied to defeat the Houston Texans 25-22 on Sunday, the Red Sox pulled off a dramatic victory over the Rays, winning 6-4 in 13 innings on a walk-off home run by catcher Christian Vazquez. That win gave Boston a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five ALDS.
Ahead of Game 4, Red Sox manager Alex Cora received an encouraging text from Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
“It was a great win (Sunday) night,” Belichick said in his morning video conference. “I saw the highlights and the walk-off. It must’ve been a heck of a game. We were on the plane, but yeah. I’ve known Alex for quite a while. I have a lot of respect for him, certainly all he’s done here for the Red Sox and the championship they won. Looks like they put together another good team here, and it’s fun to watch them play.”
A win Monday night would push the Red Sox through to the American League Championship Series, where they would face either the Houston Texans or the Chicago White Sox.
The 2-3 Patriots are preparing to host the 4-1 Dallas Cowboys this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
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