As Tom Brady returns to practice, Patriots QB falls short of Bill Belichick’s standards

Deep into the first mandatory minicamp practice of the year for the New England Patriots, everything came to a sudden halt. For good reason.

Bill Belichick was screaming, his fury directed at the offense guided by Tom Brady. Judging by the choice words, it was apparent that what Belichick saw was too sloppy for comfort. He ordered the entire unit to sprint a lap down the field and back, with Brady at the front of the pack, while the defense rested.

Maybe this is just the challenge that Brady, 40, needs. Like, go ahead, try a new offseason regimen and see if you can still win it all. However given the established standards here, everything might not be kosher unless Brady and Belichick can lead the Patriots to another title. You know, Super Bowl or bust.

What he’s done since February, you have to be a superstar to do that, Baffert said. He’s like Pharoah. They’re superstars.

Two batters after Judge put the Yankees in the lead, Giancarlo Stanton had teammates dumbfounded watching him homer to left on an 0-1 changeup from righty Joe Biagini that looked like it was shot out of a cannon.

I think that’s maybe the hardest ball I’ve ever seen hit, manager Aaron Boone said.

By Statcast calculations, this 416-foot blast had a 119.3 mph exit velocity that made it the hardest-hit homer of the season and second hardest ball hit this year behind only a 119.9 mph single to right center that Judge hit off Los Angeles Angels righty Garrett Richards on May 27 at Yankee Stadium.

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Since Statcast started keeping exit velocities in 2015, Stanton’s homer was tied for the 12th hardest hit on a list in which he and Judge have 11 of the top 13.

Stanton didn’t do a post-game interview with reporters. Maybe he wasn’t impressed.

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