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Belichick talks to Red Sox

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was a guest of Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine at Tuesday night's spring training game (Red Sox vs. Blue Jays), sitting in the front row and staying for six innings.

Before the game, Belichick spoke to players in the Red Sox clubhouse.

"I think he used a little reference to when things don’t go right, you can turn the page. New years are new years, make the best of them that you can make," Sox manager Bobby Valentine said of Belichick's message, according to ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes.

"He follows our team. It's not like he just dropped out of Mars to say, 'Hey how you doing?' He kind of gets it.''

The message was welcomed by at least one Sox player.

Outfielder Darnell McDonald tweeted, "S/O one of the greatest coaches of all time coming to give us some encouraging words today before the game #Belichick #winner."

Belichick was in Florida as part of his annual football scouting trip. He attended South Florida's Pro Day on Tuesday.