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  • February 1st, 2010

    February 1, 2010:
    The Month Spring Training Begins!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:59 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, that was a bust: No tickets for me this year. To be honest, I did not camp out in front of my computer all day this year, I checked in for a couple of hours in the morning, and then checked back in around 6ish, when I got into the ticket purchasing area fairly quickly–but alas, the only seats available for the dates I wanted seems to be standing room only, or obstructed view…

    And since I have NO desire to pay $50+ (with all the “convenience fees” and such) to drive 6 hours, only to stand for 3+ hours. Thanks, I’ll pass…

    But, I am sorry, this is not what I would consider “tickets are still available for most games throughout the season.” But if this will work for you, you can get tickets here or by calling 1-888-REDSOX6.

    The Sox signed another catcher to a minor league deal, a Molina who is not a member of the Catching Molina Brothers. Gustavo Molina, 27, who also has played 1st and 3rd base, is a career .235 hitter in the minors, and .118 in the bigs, where he has played 19 games, but none since 2008. As part of the deal, he also received an invitation to Spring Training…Uh….WHY?

    So, apparently Former PR Guru Dr. Charles Steinberg is available again, having left the Dodgers at the end of the 2009 campaign. And Red Sox ownership has made him an offer to return to the fold…From Larry Lucchino: “Dr. Charles is currently available. We’ve actually had him in, he’s contributed a little bit with a visit to Boston recently, but he’s been entertaining offers. He was away for a good while, took a good vacation over the holidays and he’s currently entertaining offers, including one from us…” He left the Sox in 2007 to take the Dodger Post…And the question that begs to be answered is: WHY is this news?

    Another on of the most classy players in the game, a portion of Tim Wakefield reaction to being honored with the Baseball Assistance Team’s Bart Giamatti Award: “I’m completely humbled by this thing and honored at the same time to be recognized for doing things off the field. I don’t do the things I do for (recognition). I do them because I care. This is a great honor to be recognized by the B.A.T. team. I really strongly believe in their mission and their passion to give back to the baseball family…All current players and members of the baseball community should support this fine organization.”

    Finally: Ben From Top Prospect Alert published the JP Schwartz 2010 Top 125 MLB Prospect Rankings last week. It includes the Top 10 prospects for each team, including the Boston Red Sox. Right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals is ranked 1st overall , which is usually how it works out–best prospect, one of the worst teams–and because the lesser teams gets to choose 1st, it does make some sort of strange sense…Now whether or not they will actually be able to hold onto the players, well, that a completely different matter.

    The highest ranking Sox prospect is Ryan Westmoreland at 31, followed by Casey Kelly at 36, Josh Reddick at 73, and Lars Anderson at 88…for the best of the rest, go here.

    Coming up: 17 days to Pitchers and Catchers..and 11 Day to Truck Day! Whoo Hoo!

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