QUINCY, MA -- Rob Gronkowski stepped away from Joe Andruzzi's charity golf event Monday to talk with reporters for a moment. The hot topics for New England's top tight end were unsurprising: his health and his contract. Of the surgically-repaired ankle, Gronkowski said only that it's feeling "great." But his new six-year, 54 million deal? That warranted, and received, something more. "I'm just happy. Both sides are really happy," he said. "I love all my fans out there. It's a great community, a great team. It's awesome going out there every single Sunday in front of that crowd. I'm happy to be here long-term, definitely. It all worked out well." Sounds like the 23-year old is growing up. Well, kind of. When asked if he's yet made any extravagant purchases, Gronkowski responded as only he could: "No. You want to buy me something?"
At the very least, the Sox will have to finish the homestand without Hanley Ramirez. That's if they're lucky. If he's lost to them for any extended period, the season could be lost, too.