The Red Sox were riding high on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, but they still had to look up at the majority of the behemoths on the Patriots sideline.
The World Series champs were honored before the start of the Pats-Steelers game and were given a chance to meet Patriots players and coaches. Thanks to strategically-placed microphones used in the week's Sound FX feature on the Patriots, we know what struck the Pats most about their baseball-playing visitors.
Not their beards. Not their World Series trophy. It was their size.
"Some of those baseball players, they're like congregating in our lunch room right now," said Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. "They're tiny. It's unbelievable."
"Oh I know," Bill Belichick answered with a smile. "They're little. [Dustin] Pedroia is like 150 pounds."
"[Shane] Victorino is like 20 pounds less than [Danny] Amendola," McDaniels said.
Even Tom Brady -- a former baseball player himself, drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995 -- found it amusing to see the Red Sox standing side by side with his Patriots teammates.
"They must be going, 'Jeez, these guys are huge," Brady said.
"Oh I know," Belichick said. "They're so little."
Of course, everything's relative.
Jon Lester, who was at Gillette that day, is one of the biggest players on the Red Sox at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds -- close to being big enough to play tight end. But when Victorino (5-9, 190), Clay Buchholz (6-3, 190) and Stephen Drew (6-0, 190) were surrounded by a few dozen pro football players (the largest active Patriot on Sunday was offensive lineman Marcus Cannon at 6-5, 335 pounds) they looked like high schoolers.
Here's hoping their World Series high isn't wiped out by a newly-acquired Napoleonic complex.