Rob Gronkowski’s lasting mark on the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII win? A baseball-sized dent in their prized championship hardware.
“It’s all fun and games until it’s not,” Patriots’ Matthew Slater said in a video recounting the events before the team gave the first pitch at the Red Sox’ April 9 game.
The video, posted to the Patriot’s Twitter account, shows the team waiting in a tent at Fenway Park, playing around with a baseball.
While initially the team had only been practicing their ceremonial first pitches, Gronkowski — in a very Gronk fashion — decided to take it up a notch.
Cornerback Jason McCourty said the 29-year-old had the idea to take a pitch, using the trophy as a bat.
“We’re all under the impression there’s no way he’s gonna swing the Lombardi trophy,” McCourty said in the video. But he and the rest of the team should have probably acted before thinking he was bluffing.
So when receiver Julian Edelman tossed the ball to the ever-eager Gronkowski, Gronk switched his stance to take a bunt and actually let the ball bounce off the trophy.
A resounding “ding,” and a collective “OOOOOHHHH” — and a wide-eyed everyone who saw the video — was what followed.
Of New England’s six Lombardi trophies, the last should really just be remembered for Gronk’s silliness.