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Isaiah Thomas, Mookie Betts, Vince Wilfork share the Boston love

Crunch Time is a sports gossip column by Metro Boston sports editor Matt Burke
Isaiah Thomas, Mookie Betts, Vince Wilfork, Boston
Isaiah Thomas has fully embraced the city of Boston. Getty Images

Boston truly is a unique sports city in that each major pro sports team seems genuinely invested in the well-being of their pro sports peers.

On Monday, Celtics star Isaiah Thomas was out and about at Pats training camp – meeting with Pats owner Robert Kraft and pointing out Tom Brady on the practice field to his children. On Saturday, Red Sox star Mookie Betts stopped by Thomas’ basketball camp to give him a pair of signed sneakers.

 

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