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On opening day, Tom Brady’s April foolery may not sit well with Rays fans

The seven-time Super Bowl winner tweets a doctored photo of himself in an Expos cap.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, seen with his former Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, throwing the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox's 2015 home opener, was drafted in the 18th round by the Montreal Expos in 1995.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, seen with his former Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, throwing the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox's 2015 home opener, was drafted in the 18th round by the Montreal Expos in 1995. [ ELISE AMENDOLA | Associated Press ]
Published Apr. 1
Updated Apr. 1

Depending on one’s perspective as a baseball fan, Tom Brady’s tweet in observance of April Fools Day hit a sweet spot or a sore one.

The tweet featured a digitally-altered photo of Brady in a tuxedo and old Montreal Expos cap, standing in centerfield of a what appears to be a big-league park. His message: With opening day today, excited to announce we’re bringing the Expos back to the MLB in 2022. Excited to be the first player/coach/owner in MLB history.

In a previous life, Brady was selected by the Expos in the 18th round (507th overall pick) in 1995. A left-handed batting catcher for Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., he was allowed to call the pitches in the games he caught, a luxury rarely afforded players of that age.

In two years of varsity baseball, Brady amassed a .311 batting average with eight home runs, 11 doubles and 44 RBIs.

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“He was drafted in the 18th round because everyone knew how difficult it would be to sign him,” former Expos scout John Hughes told the New York Daily News in 2019. “He was very talented. I mean on talent alone he would have been projected a late second-round pick. And I believe he would have made it, as a catcher, he would have gotten there.”

Still, the tweet may come off as tone deaf to some local baseball fans. Rays owner Stu Sternberg continues his unprecedented pursuit of splitting future seasons between Tampa Bay and Montreal. Only a week ago, he said he considers the controversial move the club’s “only option” at this point.

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