New Rays pitcher Rich Hill and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady have plenty to bond over.
They both lived a long time in Massachusetts, both went to college at Michigan and both have that over-40-pr- athlete thing going.
Hill, though, is still chasing his first championship, hoping signing with the Rays pays off.
Brady just won his seventh, though first with the Bucs, after leaving the Patriots, who Hill has rooted for, but not as much as the quarterback himself.
“I loved it,” said Hill, a Massachusetts native and resident. “I was so pumped for Brady. I’m a Tom Brady fan. ... Just to to see his success over his career and the consistency that he’s brought each game. You see that intensity, you see that effort. It’s not off-putting in my opinion, because it’s real. It’s not fake.
“He goes out there with everything in his being to be successful, and I think that’s something that everybody enjoys seeing. You pay the money for the ticket to see that. You want to see the player go out there and give everything they’ve got. And to see a guy be able to do it over 20 years is extremely impressive, and at such a high level. It’s been a lot of fun to watch.”