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  • March 20th, 2008

    Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 4:
    Leaving on a Jet Plane…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:42 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Did anyone, for a SECOND actually believe that MLB would let the Sox actually mess with their cake and boycott the HUGE money making deal that is the Japan trip–over less than $1 million dollars?? Me either

    But it was a nice gesture on part of the players to actually CARE about someone other than themselves: From Tito: “I want to make this real clear…This was not a case of players being greedy. This was a case of players uniting together. I think that’s part of the reason we’re good. There was no disrespect to baseball. We made sure the Blue Jays knew that. It was a very difficult position everybody felt we were in and it got resolved.” Oakland was also following the Sox lead and threatening to boycott as well…

    So now the Sox are on a plane (they left from Florida around 6:00pm last night…) and will not get the Tokyo until after midnight (Tokyo time), which is within the next few hours, but because of the fact that Japan is 13 hours ahead of us they will only be on a plane for 17 hours–yeah, it confuses me as well…

    Since yesterday’s noon start was delayed for over an hour due to the boycott, Daisuke pitched in a minor league game, where he threw 6 excellent innings, throwing 78 pitches, 50 for strikes and only allowing 1 run (a homer) on 3 hits, while striking out 8 and walking 1.

    David Aardsma and Brian Corey took his spot in the Blue Jays game, each throwing 2 inning of scoreless ball, and both only giving up 2 hits.

    The Sox Final record for Spring Training: 7-11-2…about the middle of the pack in the Grapefruit League…

    Despite the fact that Josh Beckett’s rehab was not supposed to include mound work until today, threw a 45 pitch mound session yesterday after his long toss work…pitching coach John Farrell weighs in: “In Beckett’s bullpen this morning, he proved that there were no restrictions when he got on the mound…He went through his 45-pitch bullpen today, and surprisingly the arm strength hasn’t suffered that much of a setback. Granted, it was just a bullpen. But I think the first step toward his game progression will likely go through another bullpen.” He is on track to throw in a minor league game on Saturday…

    More roster stuff: Bartolo Colon and 2 non-roster invitees, Keith Ginter and Joe Thurston have all been assigned to minor league came…Whoo hooo!

    The only other current roster player, besides Josh Beckett, who did not go to Japan is Craig Breslow…

    I checked on next weeks games–ESPN 2 and NESN will be televising them–The 1st is on Tuesday the 25th at 6:00am–the 2nd is on Wednesday the 26th at 1:00pm–fire up the TiVo!!!

    Coming up next: Saturday, the Sox play their 1st exhibition game in Japan against the Hashin Tigers. Clay Buchholz gets the start. 1st pitch is a very reasonable 11:07am…

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    Leaving on a Jet Plane…”

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