Pearce enjoyed the best two weeks of his career in Boston’s five-game Series triumph over the Dodgers. He hit .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs.He struggled last year, though, batting .180 in limited action and spending most of the campaign on the IL because of calf and back injuries.”You know what? It has been a good run,” Pearce, 37, told WEEI. “I have 10 years (of service time) in (MLB). Right now I am officially retired.” Steve Pearce is adamant that history will look favorably upon the 2018 World Series-winning Red Sox despite allegations they illegally stole signs that season.The first baseman, who was voted World Series MVP that year, commented on the perception of his former team while announcing his retirement from baseball Monday night. Earlier this year, Boston fired manager Alex Cora for his role in the separate Astros cheating scandal and is awaiting an MLB report on its own actions. Pearce believes that investigation will clear the team’s reputation.”That’s such a joke to us,” Pearce told Boston’s WEEI Radio. “When it came out, we were all kind of joking about it. We just want this to pass us. We won it fair and square. Whatever they accused us of, we were all kind of like, ‘I can’t believe this is even an issue.’ Once the report comes out, we’re all going to be free.”MORE: Worst sets of the Junk Wax Era of baseball cards
“The day that I retired, within 24 hours there was already rumours that I was coming out of retirement,” Gronkowski said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “I’m feeling good right now, I’m happy where I’m at. You just never know, man. You just never know. You never know. I’m not totally done.”Despite the Gronkowski to Buccaneers rumors, he wouldn’t immediately be eligible to play in Tampa Bay. If he does decide to come back and play in the NFL, the Patriots still own his rights for one season. So a trade would need to take place for Gronk to play alongside his former quarterback. Rob Gronkowski claims he is “not totally done” with football as rumors over a possible NFL return continue to gain momentum.The three-time Super Bowl champion retired in March last year but he has been rumored to join former Patriots legend Tom Brady on the Buccaneers. Gronkowski has kept himself busy after retiring. The 30-year-old won the WWE 24/7 Championship earlier this month following an eye-catching career change. NFL DRAFT: 3-round mock | Top 100 prospects | Latest newsBucs general manager Jason Licht recently said he had “no idea” if the former tight end might come out of retirement, but Gronkowski certainly did not dismiss the idea.