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  • February 9th, 2010

    February 9, 2010:
    Single digit days remain until Baseball!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:34 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Congrats to the Saints, BTW–not that it mattered to me one way or the other… But I did find out that their head coach was born and raised in the same town I was–which is pretty cool. But now that it’s all over, we can now focus on the important things: Baseball!

    The Sox released the 1st list of players that will be attending camp this year. Always subject to change, all players with (nr) after their name are of the non-roster variety–and since the Sox are currently operating with a full complement on the 40-man, if one the non-rosters makes the cut, one of the non, non-rosters would need to be moved…

    30 Pitchers (11 or 12 will make it, depending on how Francona wants to go…): Scott Atchison, Daniel Bard, Josh Beckett, Randor Bierd (nr), Boof Bonser, Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz, Fernando Cabrera (nr), Fabio Castro, Manny Delcarmen, Felix Doubront, Kris Johnson (nr), Casey Kelly (nr), John Lackey, Jon Lester, Robert Manuel, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Adam Mills (nr), Edwin Moreno (nr), Joe Nelson (nr), Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Ramon A. Ramirez, Ramon S. Ramirez, Dustin Richardson, Brian Shouse (nr), Jorge Sosa (nr), Junichi Tazawa, Tim Wakefield, Kyle Weiland (nr)

    6 Catchers (The Sox need 2): Dusty Brown, Luis Exposito (nr),Victor Martinez, Gustavo Molina (nr), Jason Varitek, Mark Wagner

    15 Infielders (Including the DH, The Sox will take 6 or 7, depending how the pitching works out) The Sox will take: Lars Anderson (nr), Aaron Bates, Adrian Beltre, Bill Hall, Tug Hulett, Jose Iglesias, Mike Lowell, Jed Lowrie, Yamaico Navarro (nr), David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Angel Sanchez (nr), Marco Scutaro, Gil Velazquez (nr), Kevin Youkilis

    9 Outfielders (The Sox will probably take 4): Mike Cameron, Zach Daeges (nr), J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jeremy Hermida, Ryan Kalish (nr), Che-Hsuan Lin (nr), Darnell McDonald (nr), Josh Reddick

    Has this ever happened before? A retired number taken out of retirement, so that a different player can wear it? A number has been taken out of retirement by the White Sox before–but in that case, it was given to the player who it was retired for–Harold Baines’ #3 was retired 1st in 1989, but when he returned to the team in 1996 and 2000, they took it out and let him wear his old number… But this year, the White Sox will un-retire Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio’s #11, and give it to fellow Venezuelan and 11-time gold glove shortstop Omar Vizquel.

    And how bout this for comedy? Kevin Millar actually signed with the Cubs (albeit it a minor league deal)–and Johnny Damon is still unemployed….HA HA…

    Speaking of comedy, the Brewers are putting up a statue of the Used Car Salesman outside Miller Park, to be unveiled on August 24th. I know Bud Selig did alot for them, as they once were the lowly Seattle Pilots, before Bud & Company bought them out of bankruptcy court in 1970, renamed them the Brewers, and moved them to Milwaukee. But since I was 1 year old when that happened, all I have really been exposed to is his time as Commissioner–in all of his Used Car Salesmen-edness…I think it’s more than a little bit amusing…

    So my Roku is pretty amazing (Disclaimer: No, I was not given any money/gifts/etc to say that) I could not tell the difference between watching something on the Roku, or watching something on the DVD player, so that is way cool…Only negative is there is no subtitle option–hopefully that will come in time…

    Of course, the true litmus test will be how it and MLB.TV works when the games begin…

    Finally, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund announced today that Clay Buchholz has been selected as the 2010 honorary Spokesplayer of Rally Against Cancer. Now in its fifth year, Rally Against Cancer has had such notable spokesplayers as Jon Lester, Trot Nixon, Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis.

    In the last 4 years the Rally raised $1.6 million to support the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber by encouraging Red Sox fans to partner with their companies and schools, their co-workers, classmates, and friends, to each contribute $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund. This year, the program hopes to raise $600,000.

    Then, on Rally Day, which this year is Tuesday, April 6th (the 2nd game of the season, and the 2nd Red Sox/Yankee game at Fenway), they can wear their Red Sox gear to work or school.

    The company, school (K-12), and college or university who raises the most money, will each receive a visit from Clay Buchholz, provided they are located within two-hour travel distance from Boston. For more information, please go to the Rally Against Cancer website.

    Founded in 1948, the Jimmy Fund is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, supporting the fight against cancer at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer around the world. Unrestricted support from the Jimmy Fund is an integral part of Mission Possible: The Dana-Farber Campaign to Conquer Cancer, a $1 billion capital campaign to accelerate cancer research, speed development of lifesaving therapies, and expand the Institute’s signature patient- and family-centered care.

    Only 9 more days until Pitchers and Catchers–and it’s a good thing, as there seems to be even LESS to talk about right now…

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