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Butterfield, who still lives in Maine, grew up loving baseball and football. His father, the late Jack Butterfield, was the baseball coach at the University of Maine and an assistant football coach. Jim Butterfield, Brian’s uncle, coached football at Ithaca College from 1967-94 and won three NCAA Division 3 titles.
Butterfield is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable Patriots fans you will ever meet. His friends have joked that he took the Red Sox job just to be closer to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
“That’s not 100 percent true,” Butterfield said, laughing. “But we had a lot of fun watching that Jets game [Thursday] night.”
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Greg Colbrunn will interview for the Red Sox hitting coach position on Saturday, Farrell said on WEEI. That could make five candidates who are interviewed. The Sox could have this wrapped by next week. They didn’t name a coaching staff until Dec. 23 last year.