That is, until Rob Gronkowski ran up behind him and snatched it, in an obvious nod toward the unusual scandal.
In the hours after the Patriots stunning comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, news broke that New England QB Tom Brady's jersey from the game had disappeared. The five Lombardi Trophies were in a row behind him on the infield grass.
Brady stepped to the mound, peeled off the game-worn jersey and held it up to the crowd.
Leave it to Rob Gronkowski to get into shenanigans with Tom Brady before the Red Sox's opener.
When the hijinks were over, Brady threw out the first pitch and the members of the Patriots shouted, "Play ball!"
This morning, those jerseys were finally returned to Brady by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Brady threw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the game, with his toss to Dustin Pedroia a little too high to be considered a strike.
Brady has not indicated if he plans to keep or sell the jerseys, but his jersey from Super Bowl LI was valued at $500,000 in a police report.
Gronk, who is doing so well four months after back surgery that