February 23rd, 2009
At 1:05 pm on Wednesday, February 25, The Red Sox will kick off the 2009 campaign by sending ace Josh Beckett to the mound to face Boston College in the 1st game of a day night double-header, with Tim Wakefield taking the mound at 7:05 pm against Grapefruit League team (and Mayor’s Cup rival) The Minnesota Twins. On Thursday, Jon Lester will get his 1st start of the season against the Pirates; On Friday, phenom in training Michael Bowden takes the mound as the Sox face Tampa Bay for the 1st time since the Game 7 of the ALCS.
Over the weekend, on Saturday, another prospect, Kris Johnson will take the mound in the other college game, against Northeastern, with Clay Buchholz getting the start for the 7:05 game against Cincinnati…
But despite that fact that no one recognizes anyone by the 4th inning, and the Sox clearly over match the college teams, its BASEBALL–and its all we got for the 6 weeks–exactly (unless you are into the WBC, which I ignore on principal…)
So Julio Lugo is of the opinion that people have forgotten about him (“If you stop playing, people are going to forget about you, no matter who you are,”) and he plans on wowing them during spring training, (“”I’m ready to get back to the level I was at”) so they will remember who the starting shortstop is…Un Huh…How ’bout we are trying LIKE HELL to forget you ever were our shortstop–cause you SUCKED before the injury…huh Julio?
Is there any part of JD Drew that is not injured? Hi back and throwing are bothering him (although he is now downplaying the severity of his back) and now he missed a workout because “his glove hand’s a little sore.” Tito is also downplaying this stating: “It’s February. It makes sense to take care of it now rather than mess with it later.” Great…anything else, JD?
OK, as if the “Son of Zed” goatee last year wasn’t disturbing enough, Youk has shaved his goatee into some kind of modified something or other–and is calling it–wait for it– “the Youk Fu.” And its freaking frightening…Fortunately, he is only committing to having it for the WBC–for now…Can’t his wife gently suggest that it scares trains, and get him to change it???
Haven’t had much chance to go any further into my Joe Torre book, but right now, based on the 100 odd pages I have read–I am not sure what all the brouhaha was–unless its going to really ramp up into a gossipy bitch fest–it’s seems rather even handed…