Kyler Murray gets his first chance to play in New England as an NFL quarterback this weekend, but that doesn't mean he hasn't played in any games in the area.
In the summer of 2017, as Murray was building his reputation as a baseball player, he was invited to take part in the Cape Cod League -- a prestigious league for up-and-coming college players that uses wood bats as opposed to the aluminum of the college game, as the players get a taste of what professional baseball will be like.
Cape Cod is 67 miles southeast of Foxborough, where the Patriots will host the Cardinals Sunday.
"I was there for like a month," Murray said. "If you know about the league it's the best college baseball league in the summer, so there's a lot of great talent. It was different, didn't have a car, slept in a basement, showered outside."
It was before the Oakland A's made Murray a top 10 pick in the baseball draft. Murray played for the Harwich Mariners, hitting .170 with a home run, five RBI and four stolen bases.
"He was a bit raw, but you could see from Day 1 how much of an athlete he was," Mariners manager Steve Englert told the Cape Cod Times. "He hit in the middle of the lineup because he had power. As for stealing bases, just tremendous."
Murray went on to have a good year for the Oklahoma baseball team, got drafted by the A's, signed with the A's, and then came his now-famous path into the NFL with the Cardinals. Still, Murray smiled when talking about his brief baseball stint in Massachusetts.
"It was an unusual start to the summer for me, but honestly I wouldn't trade it for the world," Murray said. "It was part of the experience and it was a great experience."