Celtics' Wallace attends Game 1 of ALDS

Celtics' Wallace attends Game 1 of ALDS
October 4, 2013, 4:15 pm
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New Celtics forward Gerald Wallace didn't show his face around Boston all summer, but he's quickly popping up around the city this fall.

Where was he on Friday? Fenway Park, of course.

There was some thought that Wallace didn't want to be in Boston after he was traded here from Brooklyn, but he made sure everybody knew that wasn't the case earlier this week at Media Day. After insisting that he was happy to be in Boston, Wallace finished by saying, "…and besides, I'm a Red Sox and Patriots fan, so I'm closer to my teams."

Wallace showed his support for the Red Sox by attending Game 1 between the Sox and the Rays at Fenway Park on Friday.

He emerged from the Red Sox dugout hours before it started, and took pictures with Sox manager John Farrell.

"Huge Red Sox fan," Wallace told CSNNE's Jessica Moran. "I'm from Alabama so we don't have a team there. So I kind of ventured off. I'm not a Yankees fan, so I picked their biggest rival and I took the Red Sox."

Wallace feels "pretty good" about the Sox chances to advance in the postseason.

"Nobody has counted on us all year anyways, we weren't supposed to make it this far, and then everybody took us. So we're here … Just stay focused and I think we'll be alright."

Back on Monday, Wallace explained how his love for the Red Sox and Patriots began. Both of those players still play vital roles on their respective teams today.

"I like Big Papi, I've always followed Big Papi," Wallace said. "I enjoyed watching them in those days, and thats how I became a Red Sox fan.

"And I'm just fascinated with [Tom] Brady. I like watching Brady play. I'm a big, big Brady fan since he started in this league. I've been following him since Day 1, him and Coach Belichick. Those are my favorite teams. I actually in my house I have a big Patriots and Red Sox room."

Wallace collects lots of memorabilia from the two teams, including shoes, Brady jerseys, Patriots and Red Sox pictures including championship team pictures, and a signed David Ortiz bat, among other things.