There were four-legged emojis flying around before the Patriots took on the Packers on Sunday night.
First, Red Sox manager Alex Cora — who arrived at Gillette Stadium on a duck boat with the World Series trophy in tow — shared a photo on Instagram that handed the “G.O.A.T.” label to Tom Brady.
“Me with the [goat emoji],” Cora wrote, captioning a selfie he took with the Patriots quarterback before the game.
The manager put the moment ahead of his recent championship and the celebrations that followed.
“The selfie topped it all,” Cora told NESN. “Sorry to say it. We’re the world champs, I enjoyed it, Puerto Rico was great, but a selfie with the greatest of all time? That was the best of the week.”
Sunday was the first Patriots game Cora has attended, though he noted he plans to start going to Foxborough more often. In asking for the snapshot, he displayed the same confidence that carried the Sox to silverware.
“I know how locked in [Brady] gets, but the fact that he came up to me and said ‘congratulations’ to everybody — I’m like, you know what, might as well,” Cora said. “And he didn’t hesitate, so it was awesome. It’s great.”
Red Sox infielder Brock Holt commented on the post, swapping the caption to compliment his manager.
“Tom Brady with the [goat emoji],” he wrote.
Meanwhile, designated hitter J.D. Martinez said he gave Brady a pep talk before the quarterback faced Aaron Rodgers.
Cora’s counterpart, New England head coach Bill Belichick, told reporters after his team’s 31-17 win that it was “certainly inspirational” to talk to the Red Sox.
“What a tremendous year they’ve had and set the bar so high for all of the rest of us, but that’s a good thing,” Belichick said. “That’s where we want it.”
The Patriots game was the latest stop on Boston’s victory tour, which made the trip to Cora’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico, on Saturday. The Red Sox captured their fourth World Series title in 14 years with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.