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    Scott Brown adds small ball to big thoughts as he seeks reelection to US Senate

    It isn’t all policy views and big thoughts as Senator Scott Brown seeks reelection.

    The Massachusetts Republican is also playing small ball.

    A series of public interactions this week illustrate the point.


    First, on Wednesday, his reelection committee released a radio ad in which Brown attested to his love for the Boston Red Sox - particularly the recently retired pitcher Tim Wakefield and catcher Jason Varitek.

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    “Tek captained the team from behind home plate - a real rock that you could always count on, at bat and in the field,” Brown said in the latest installment of the “Scott Brown Radio Report.”

    “Wake was the epitome of the selfless player willing to do whatever he was asked: start, come out of the bullpen, or just fill in wherever he was needed. Whatever comes next for these two guys, they are both Hall of Famers in my book and I wish them the same happiness they brought me and every other Red Sox fan,” the senator added.

    Today, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America announced that Brown would compete against ESPN basketball analyst Jackie MacMullan - a former Globe sportswriter and University of New Hampshire basketball player - in a free-throw competition on Saturday at Lexington High School.

    Those attending will have collected pledges for each free throw they can make in a five-minute period.


    Moments later, Brown’s campaign commitee released another radio ad and web video paying tribute to St. Patrick’s Day. They’re modeled after similar Thanksgiving and Christmas messages from Brown and his family.

    They also come after the senator marched in last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in West Dennis, and ran in the Celtic 5K road race in Worcester.

    “On this St. Patrick’s Day, as you spend some well-deserved time with your family and friends, I want to thank you for the trust you’ve placed in me,” Brown says in his new ad.

    On Sunday, his daughter Ayla will attest to her father’s love for St. Patrick’s Day.

    The former “American Idol” semifinalist is slated to sing the National Anthem at the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day political roast.

    Glen Johnson can be reached at johnson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.