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Gronk wins HR derby; cover of 'Body Issue'

Peggy Sirota for ESPN The Magazine

Three links to pass along on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski today:

1. Wins the home run derby. Gronkowski won the celebrity home run derby (video here) at the Triple-A all-star game Monday night in Buffalo. From the Buffalo News: "Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski stepped to the plate with a hearty mix of 'boos' from the crowd. Sure Gronkowski is a hometown boy, but he does play for the New England Patriots and that’s a tough sell for some Buffalonians. He won the celebrity home run derby with five in the first round and eight in the second round. He edged out Russ Brandon, who was in the front office for the Florida Marlins before joining the Buffalo Bills in 1997. The current CEO of the Bills had seven home runs in the finals."

2. 'Gronk being Gronk.' Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason writes on Gronkowski's appearance at the Triple-A all-star game, touching on the waves Gronkowski has made off the field (link here). Gleason sums it all up this way, "It was Gronk being Gronk, laughing all the way."

3. Body Issue cover. ESPN The Magazine launches its fourth "Body Issue," which is touted as an annual celebration of the athletic form, and Gronkowski is on the cover. ESPN's "Front Row" blog has the pic (link here) and a photo gallery posted on ESPN.com has a couple more (click here and here). Perhaps somewhere on Nantucket, Bill Belichick just chuckled at a picture or two he can post in the team meeting room to keep the mood light.

A behind the scenes look at Gronkowski's photo shoot: