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Belichick on scene at spring training

Patriots coach Bill Belichick attended today's spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Matt Porter, filing a report for ESPNBoston.com, writes: "Among those in the crowd: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a friend of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. Belichick visited La Russa's office and the Cardinals' clubhouse after the game."

The spotlight was shined on Belichick's bond with La Russa at this time last year. The two met in 2004 when they were introduced by author Buzz Bissinger, who had written a book on La Russa and attended Phillips Andover Academy with Belichick.

Belichick has annually visited La Russa at spring training, at the same time he visits Florida-based colleges as part of his scouting for the NFL Draft.