Pena’s Patriots prediction
Last week before Reds Caravan kicked off, I encountered backup catcher Brayan Pena knowing he would have a view on the upcoming Super Bowl between the Patriots and Seahawks. Pena is an enthusiastic Patriots fan as you may guess from the quotes that follow.
“New England, baby, they’re definitely going to win it,” Pena said. “Seattle had trouble with Green Bay. New England is a much better team than Green Bay. I still believe Seattle just got lucky, to be honest with. On the onside kick, if they missed the ball, it would be a totally different game. With New England, that’s not going to happen.
“We have too many weapons to use. We can run the football. We have wide receivers. We have [Tom] Brady. We have the defense. It’s too much.”
How did Pena, who hails from Cuba, become a supporter of the Patriots?
“I’ve been a Patriot fan for years, ever since 2000 when I got here to the States,” Pena said. “The first professional athlete I met was Tom Brady. He was so humble and so kind. I had a man-crush on the guy. And his wife is Giselle — you can’t go wrong with that.”
Pena’s predicted score for a Patriots win in Glendale?
“I would say 27-20, definitely,” he said.
On Sunday during the Reds’ Select-a-Seat event at GABP, a fan asked Pena about the “deflategate” scandal that hovers over the Patriots. His reply?
“I don’t speak English,” he said, getting a laugh from the crowd.