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Bedard’s Daily Briefing 07.11.19: We’re really going to do this Gronk thing all summer?

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder how old baseball's core audience can get before there's a breaking point...

  • I know this is the dead time in sports, and that means a lot of sites that purely rely on clicks will look for anything that gets traffic ... but I'm already tired of the Gronk unretirement stuff – and camp hasn't even started yet.
  • Not that I'm surprised. Even before he retired, I said there would be a constant Gronk Watch once he said goodbye. I covered the "retirements" of Ricky Williams and Brett Favre. I know how this goes.
  • And I don't even blame Gronk. Unlike Favre, Gronk is not actively dropping hints and making appearances solely because he's an attention-craving egomaniac. No, Gronk has actually been pretty low key — it's everyone else taking everything he says and overanalyzing it. And it's because they have nothing better to talk about.
  • That being said, I would not be surprised if he unretired at some point — but down the road. Gronk would be an idiot to come back for camp. No veteran players like training camp, and Gronk has all the leverage to sit it out.
  • And it would be better for the team if he returned to a prorated portion of his contract at the last possible moment.
  • If Gronk comes back, it's more probable than not it's later rather than sooner. So slow your roll on #GronkWatch. We need to pace ourselves.

Time to hit the links...


Jaylen Brown hasn’t heard from Celtics yet about a contract extension
Podcast: B-Robb on Felger and Mazz
What are Celtics’ roster options after waiving Guerschon Yabusele?


Red Sox Second Half Primer: Players, developments, games, call-ups & trades to watch for


Bruins sign Danton Heinen to 2-year contract extension: What does Boston’s cap situation look like now?
BSJ Live Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL offseason – Thursday at 4 p.m.
Podcast: Conor Ryan talks Bruins, NHL offseason & more on The Chase Thomas Podcast


Revs make Gustavo Bou 2nd designated player – will we see an avalanche of goals from the Argentine?



x4 p.m.BSJ Live Q&A — Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL offseason
4 p.m.: PGA — John Deere Classic (Golf)
10:30 p.m.: NBA Summer League — Memphis vs. Boston (ESPN2)

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