What if Tom Brady had pursued baseball instead of football?
Former MLB player Pedro Martinez recently discussed this intriguing question on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” Martinez, who played alongside Brady in their college football days at Michigan, mused about the quarterback’s potential as a pitcher.
The Untapped Potential
Martinez expressed his belief that if Brady had chosen baseball, he could have been a formidable pitcher. He envisioned Brady possessing the same arm strength and accuracy in pitching as he did in football. In Martinez’s words, “Imagine that.”
A Missed Opportunity
Martinez also pondered the impact Brady’s baseball career would have had on his own. He humorously stated, “I would be an Expo right now, and we wouldn’t have ever left Montreal.” This remark refers to the Montreal Expos, a team that relocated to Washington, D.C., and became the Washington Nationals.
Could Brady Have Been a Two-Sport Phenom?
Martinez further discussed Brady’s athletic abilities during an encounter at Fenway Park. When Martinez saw Brady in the batting cage, he invited him to take a swing. Brady displayed surprising power and potential as a hitter, leaving Martinez impressed with his skills.
Brady’s Hypothetical Baseball Career Comes to Life
Recently, Brady partnered with Topps, a trading card company, to create an ad exploring this “what-if” scenario. The advertisement features Brady alongside former MLB stars Vladimir Guerrero, Larry Walker, and Pedro Martinez.
Could Brady Have Saved the Expos?
The ad also delves into the idea that Brady’s greatness on the baseball diamond could have prevented the Expos from leaving Montreal. With Brady’s talent and leadership, the commercial suggests that the Expos might have achieved success and remained in their original city.
An Ad of Triumphs and Losses
While the ad highlights Brady’s accomplishments in baseball, it also acknowledges the potential disappointments. It portrays hypothetical World Series losses, drawing parallels to the Super Bowl losses Brady experienced during his football career.
In conclusion, the ad offers fans a glimpse into an alternate reality where Tom Brady pursued a career in baseball. It sparks interesting conversations about the crossroads of athletic talent and the potential paths not taken.