NFL: New England Patriots-Minicamp

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shares a laugh during minicamp in June.

THE NEWS struck like a bolt of lightning.

Tom and Gisele are selling their Brookline, Mass., mansion!

Now, as I look for ways to buy the place and become Robert Kraft’s neighbor (I won’t go a dime over $35 million and they have to pick up the closing costs), it’s time to look into whether or not this means anything in terms of Brady’s future in Foxborough, Mass.

Brady signed a contract extension last week. It keeps him with the Patriots only through this season, and then potential free agency could await.

Cue the speculation about whether Brady would want to go — at age 43 — somewhere else for his legacy.

The “chicken or the egg” question — whether it’s Brady or Bill Belichick responsible for the team’s success — persists. Is it Brady? Is it Belichick? is it 50/50?

Count former NFL great Cris Carter among those who see it as heavily tilted in favor of the coach.

“Giving Tom Brady 40% of the credit is giving him too much. It’s 70% Belichick, 30% Brady,” Carter said and tweeted through Fox Sports 1.

You see, there are people out there who see Brady as a “system quarterback,” one who reaps the benefits of where he plays. I think it’s a stretch but I guess it’s out there — along with the thought Brady would want to go somewhere and prove people wrong.

At age 43!

He and Gisele have a place in New York, the center of the fashion world. Would the Giants be interested in Brady? Would Brady be interested in the Giants?

I hope the answer to both is a resounding NO.

Column pal Gethin Coolbaugh of The Associated Press (radio), says, “Make this (Eli) Manning’s last year. (Daniel) Jones sits behind Brady 1-2 years. Don’t think it’s crazy … Still seems like he (Brady) wants to play. He seemingly wants to be in NYC. Giants are more realistic than Jets.”

Both New York/New Jersey teams make silly moves — and bringing in a 43-year-old quarterback would be silly.

Gary Myers of The Athletic — and the author of the bestselling book on Brady and Peyton Manning and a new book on the Cowboys — tweeted, “So, Tom Brady and Gisele reportedly have their Brookline, Mass., house on the market for $39.5 million. Well, he can always commute to Foxborough for a year or two from his Manhattan apartment. Not so bad. I wonder how Robert Kraft feels about his next door neighbor moving out.”

I’ll say it again: Brady will finish his career right where he is now.

Who goes?

While we expect Brady to continue the latter stages of his career in New England, what of Dave Dombrowski and Alex Cora?

Yes, the Red Sox won 119 games and the World Series last year. But as this potential repeat continued to slip away, both were drawing the ire of Sox fans.

We’d like to think there’s no way Cora will go. Dombrowski? Not so sure.

Remember, you can’t fire the owners. So while we wonder whose decision it was to re-sign Nate Eovaldi and Steve Pearce and not go after a closer other than Craig Kimbrel, we don’t have to wonder if there’s friction at the top of the organization.

Again, owners don’t get fired.

Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe speculated on it the other day, even mentioning assistant GM Eddie Romero as a potential replacement.

Someone decided this team didn’t need a true closer in 2019. If it was Dombrowski — and not financial restraints installed by ownership — then perhaps a change is needed.

“I’ll be shocked if Dave Dombrowski is back with the Red Sox next season,” wrote Shaughnessy.

Wednesday night, Eovaldi, who wouldn’t have gone on to the save anyway, blew a lead in the seventh inning of a game that won’t be finished until Aug. 22 (more on that later). It was the Red Sox’ 20th official blown save of the season.

Prior to that, Dombrowski stood up for his bullpen, laying the blame on the struggles at the feet of the starters.

“I have gone through the blown saves, and I know we’ve had a number of them, but really it hasn’t cost us as many games as what you would think throughout the year,” Dombrowski said. “Our bullpen has basically has been fine … Our club, if we are going to thrive, and thrive well, it’s going to be because of our starting pitching.”

Tweeted WEEI’s Lou Merloni: “We are all stupid apparently.”

Hold that thought

On Aug. 22, the Royals, a team already playing out the string, will stop in Boston on the way from Baltimore to Cleveland and resume Wednesday night’s 4-4 game in the 10th inning.

The Royals will be the ones who have it easy.

The Red Sox, in the latest example of how everything went right last year and wrong in 2019, finish a two-game home series against the Phillies on Wednesday night and were then slated to have an off day in SAN DIEGO before the start of an eight-game trip.

It should be noted here that the Sox are also off the following Monday in Denver and again on Thursday in Anaheim. Still … San Diego.

And, they have to open Fenway like it’s a normal game day. The 1:05 resumption will cause game day chaos around the old place.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of people upset about that one,” said Cora. “No golfing, SeaWorld or Legoland. No marina, no whatever. It is what it is. There was no other option. We’ll play it and we move forward.”

A stat from @RSNStats Wednesday: “After 5 innings, #RedSox 4, #Royals 2. At this point in the game this season BOS is 46-7 when leading, KCR is 5-51 when trailing.”

Now we have to wait a while to see those numbers change.

Special venues

A couple of schedule announcements concerning the Red Sox and Yankees. After playing the first games in Europe this season, the Red Sox will face the Orioles in the annual Little League game in Williamsport in 2020. The Yankees will battle the White Sox at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, in August. There will be an 8,000-seat stadium built for the event.

Hey, if you’re heading to Fenway (and to see Mike Trout) this weekend, bring some new white (not red) socks to donate to the homeless. Great cause!!!

Finally, Dustin Pedroia has undergone a fifth operation on is left knee and hopes to play against next year. “He’s going to keep trying to find ways to make it happen,” says Cora.

From Alex Speier of the Globe: “Per @ChrisGearyOrtho on the latest Pedroia surgery: ‘This is a much bigger procedure (than the prior surgeries). ... It’s a day to day life procedure. It’s not a going-back-to-playing-sports procedure.”

Mike Shalin covers Boston pro sports for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is Follow him on Twitter @mscotshay.