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Minor league team responds to Tom Brady’s joke about playing baseball

Tom Brady made his debut on Twitter Monday with a clever April Fools’ Day joke about retirement, and some tweets Wednesday indicate the New England Patriots star intends to continue with the social media shenanigans.

The silliness started with Brady responding to a tweet from former teammate Aqib Talib, who played for the Patriots in 2012 and 2013.

Talib joked in his tweet — which featured him appearing to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game — about wanting to get into baseball after seeing the monster contracts signed of late in the major leagues.

Brady responded with a tweet of his own, joking about how he’s “been trying to get the Expos back on the line for the past month.” The reference to the now-defunct team that is now the Washington Nationals is amusing as the Expos selected Brady in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft out of high school.

The Lowell Spinners, fittingly the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, were the perfect team to respond to Brady cracking wise about his so-called baseball dreams.

The Spinners reacted to Brady’s tweet by producing an amusing Photoshop of Brady in the team’s uniform playing some ball. The tweet offered Brady a spot on the Opening Day roster this coming summer.

The assumption is that the offer was made in jest, as was Brady’s musings about playing baseball. Then again, how knows these days? Even Brady is envisioning himself in baseball gear.

Brady, a gifted practitioner of social media whimsy, certainly has taken well to Twitter in only a few short days. Expect such hijinks to continue as the offseason moves along.