BOSTON - One of the coolest side benefits of all the success enjoyed by the Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics the past decade has been how all the athletes have become giant fans of each other.
The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, and then brought the Cup into the Red Sox clubhouse at Fenway Park after visiting to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
It’s a day that Chris Kelly won’t soon forget, even if Brad Marchand probably can’t remember given his state of mind when the duck boats circled through Fenway to a giant ovation.
“I remember us winning and us getting a chance to go in their locker room and celebrate with us,” said Kelly. “They were great about it so that’s fantastic for them to win.”
So all of the Bruins players noticed something was a little different in the 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night, and it was easy to see why when Bruins President Cam Neely and Sox President CEO Larry Lucchino raised the Commissioner’s Trophy together. The B’s players also wore “Red Sox 2013 World Series Champions” hats in pregame warm-up. They've taken great care to nurture their relationships with the baseball players.
David Ortiz was also in the house to watch the Bruins game and celebrate the Game 6 victory just 24 hours earlier, though he never popped up for the cameras like Neely and Lucchino did.
“I noticed it right away. Yeah it’s awesome,” said Kelly, when asked about the World Series championship trophy making its way through the TD Garden. “I guess it’s here. I wouldn’t mind getting a picture with it, but unfortunately we missed [Game 6] last night.”
A number of players including Daniel Paille and Torey Krug had their pictures snapped with the trophy once their game was over, but it looks like the Bruins players will also miss the Sox Rolling Rally on Saturday as they head to Long Island for their game against the New York Islanders.