Tom Brady and David Ortiz are two of the most accomplished and recognizable faces in Boston sports history.
Heck, the two have rode the wave of this Golden Era together since 2003 when Ortiz signed on with the Red Sox. Between the two they have eight championships and each of them are the critical pillars as to why banners are hanging at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium.
While, they may have similar success on their respective field, Brady and Ortiz have wildly different diets. Brady, of course, if famous for his extremely strict diet, the TB12 method, avacado ice cream, yada, yada, yada.
Ortiz? He’s not trying to live the TB12 dietary life.
“My wife always wants to talk about the Tom Brady diet, and she wants to get me on it,” Ortiz told Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast earlier this week. “She always wants to talk about it. I’m like, ‘Beautiful, let me tell you. I’m gonna eat everything you put in front of me, so let’s not even go there. I’m gonna crush it.’
“I was born one day and I know I’m gonna die another, so I’m gonna enjoy life. You’re gonna tell me my boy Brady, he’s not suffering because of the diet?”
The ever colorful David Ortiz.
Earlier in the interview, Big Papi went on to praise Brady for his accomplishments and even referred to his as the GOAT, so clearly it’s just the diet that Ortiz isn’t a fan of.
Ortiz has been retired from the MLB for the past couple of years now, but has still kept strong ties to Boston and the various professional sports teams, especially the Patriots. Back when New England made their epic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, the slugger took to his Instagram page to post a video of his celebration that naturally went viral across the region.
He was even honored at Gillette Stadium when he was on his retirement tour through the city.
And the feeling appears to be mutual between the designated hitter and the quarterback as Brady has been on record explaining his admiration for Ortiz, even through the never were able to be too close due to their schedules.
“I had an appreciation for him from afar,” Brady told Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston of Ortiz back in 2016. “I didn’t know him super-well because the seasons overlapped, but I love watching him play.”