- Dec 16, 2010
Note: The date and time stamps are from the Wells Report (p. 77). I'm assuming he at least got those right, though I could be giving him too much credit.
10/17/14 09:05:45 EDT McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fuckin balloon
10/17/14 09:07:08 EDT Jastremski: Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…
10/17/14 09:07:37 EDT Jastremski: I told him it was. He was right though…
10/17/14 09:08:08 EDT Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fucked us…a few of then were at almost 16
If you believe the Pats rebuttal, then Jastremski ignored McNally's text about Tom (presumably Brady), and instead responded by talking about his fraud investigator friend. He didn't give any indication to McNally that he was switching to a conversation about tickets, or that the "him" referred to anyone other than Tom.
By itself, I don't think that's especially significant. But he followed up with a text 29 seconds later that appears to refer, in a single line, to both the preceding statement about stress and McNally's opening statement about ball pressure. I don't think the fact that people often flit back and forth between subjects explains: (1) the use of a pronoun before any subject has been introduced (how the hell was McNally supposed to know who "him" was, if not Tom); (2) the timing (this conversation took place within a span of a couple minutes); and (3) Jastremski's statement that "he was right" on the same line in which he is purportedly referring to the stress of selling tickets.
Perhaps, before the first McNally text listed, Jastremski had another text about "him" that's not listed. McNally, who seems like a bit of an a-hole, doesn't respond to it but barrels ahead with whatever he wants. Without the context of what was BEFORE the first text listed, you can't tell whose text looks "off". It could be McNally's. Then Jastremski, seeing McNally talking about Tom, responds to that.
Brady also told Wells that he never said anything about McNally being stressed.