February 1st, 2007
Welcome Back Lester: Jon Lester, taking a slow for a while after his 6 chemotherapy treatments to drive his anaplastic large-cell lymphoma into remission, arrived in camp yesterday, two weeks before the official start date of pitchers and catchers: February 16.
After losing 10-15 lbs (and his hair) during his treatment, his hair is growing back and the weight is returning, and he is optimistic he will be back in the saddle again before too long ”The club always has your best interests at heart, but that doesn’t mean I agree to getting special treatment. If they want me to go slow I’ll go slow. If I have to start in Pawtucket or wherever they want me to start, that’s what I’ll do,” he said. For the 1st year, he will have checkups every 3 months, to ensure there is no reoccurrence of the cancer.
Having a MUCH better translator than when he was unveiled to Red Sox Nation (Harvard Grad Masa Hoshino) Daisuke spoke to 50+ reporters and other media folks at a press conference yesterday. He talked about a ton of things in the 45 minute session, including the fact that he will arrive at Spring Training 4 days early, and that he threw his 1st bullpen session, throwing about 60 pitches. He also met with Jason Varitek–I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall for THAT meeting…
Deader than a doornail..I hope: As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the IDEA of Todd Helton is compelling–but now that the deal is deal, can we all get a huge sigh of relief? I had no desire to lose Mike Lowell–NONE. Another reason I am glad it did not happen: There has been a very strong feeling this off-season that we have been spending money indiscriminately–Like the Skankees–and if we added Todd Helton, while he is a superstar, he is aging–and that would be another Skankee move. Every year, the Skankees add and add and add All Stars–and it gets them nowhere–I do not want to go down that path–you can only field 9 players at a time–I don’t think Helton would make us THAT much better….I really don’t…But I DO think it was a crappy move by Colorado to leak the details of the potential deal–that Mike Lowell and Julian Tavarez were to be involved–because now the Sox have to do damage control..I wonder if this was payback for the Larry Bigbie deal fiasco of a couple of years ago…..
While Curt wants to finish his career with the Sox–he is not willing to wait around forever…Schill has indicated that if a deal is not done by the end of Spring Training, he will not be distracted during the season, and will engage in his 1st free agent season in his career. Indicating, money is “not a very big deal to me.” he is willing to accept the same salary as this year–$13 million. If they are willing to pay J.D. Drew a ridiculous amount of money, they need to pony up the $13 million for Schill…
Says Fat Boy Roger: “I’m failing at retirement,” he said. “Let’s just face it. I’m failing miserably at it.” That’s nice Roger–what about the fact that you fail at being a teammate AND a human being? Is that newsworthy as well? No wonder he wants to pitch somewhere else–his EGO wont fit in Texas anymore…and apparently he is getting all those “please come back and play!” phone calls from former teammates he wanted..UGH…I really CANNOT stand him…
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball by playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Continuing their 5-year annual tradition of celebration, the Sox invited 125 students from local schools to Fenway to honor Robinson’s life and accomplishments. The presentation included a video of Robinson’s career, and various people sharing what Jackie Robinson meant to them, including his daughter Sharon. “The most important thing my father taught me is that the most important thing you can do for yourself is love yourself,” she said.
Considered a defining moment in United States’ civil rights movement, Robinson’s act of crossing the color barrier and his outspoken leadership on issues of civil and human rights after his baseball career continued until his death in 1972. In 2005, an initiative that was driven by the Red Sox and George Mitrovich, who is the president of the City Club of San Diego, to posthumously award Jackie Robinson the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor. It is ironic that the team that was one of the last to integrate would be a driving force behind this movement. Which means that ANYTHING is possible. May your memory and what you tried to teach everyone never be forgotten. Thank you, Jackie.
17 more days until pitchers and catchers start training…whooo hooo!