In April 9, 2019, Rob Gronkowski (who had retired from the New England Patriots two weeks before) used the Super Bowl LIII Vince Lombardi trophy as a bat to bunt a practice pitch from wide receiver Julian Edelman during the Boston Red Sox season opener where he was to throw the ceremonial first pitch with his former teammates. It left a baseball-sized dent to Gronkowski's last championship trophy– his third overall– and his former team's sixth. The humorous documentary-style video released by the Patriots about the incident became viral, with special teamer Matthew Slater, who witnessed the incident first hand, saying that if anyone can get away with it, it would be the "[Super Bowl] MVP (Edelman) and the future Hall of Famer (Gronkowski). " Patriots vice president of media relations Stacey James stated that "Maybe they’ll [organization] fix it down the road. That’s something they can always fix in the future, but at least for now, we’re going to keep the dent and tell the story. "