Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who attended the University of South Carolina together, reacquainted Saturday as the Gamecock football team dispensed of Chattanooga at home.
The two had much to catch up on, namely Bradley’s torrid run through the postseason, which ended with Boston claiming the World Series trophy.
Gilmore understands firsthand the physical strain implicit in a deep postseason charge. He and the rest of the Patriots set off on a long recuperation process the minute confetti began to rain down upon the Philadelphia Eagles following their Super Bowl LII victory in February.
But football and baseball are dramatically different beasts.
“I did ask him if he was sore,’’ Gilmore said. “He was like, ‘No.’ I’m like, ‘Bro, you’re not sore?’ ’’
Indignation over baseball’s carefree ways aside, Gilmore and Bradley had a blast shooting the breeze. Gilmore wasn’t aware that Bradley would be present when he traveled to South Carolina on New England’s bye week. When he heard through an acquaintance that Bradley was in attendance, Gilmore shot his pal a text.
“It was great,’’ Gilmore said. “Great player [and] a great person, so it was fun catching up.’’