March 24th, 2011
8. More. Days….
Fresh off their first and last off-day of Spring Training, I hope the Sox can break this 437 game losing streak soon (ok, it’s only 7 (!!!)–but it certainly FEELS like 437), and go on a mini-tear, so there are some good feelings and some momentum going into the season….
Opting not to take the day off, Adrian Gonzalez played in a minor league contest, going 3 for 6 with 3 singles, an RBI and scored a run as he worked to regain his stroke. He weighs in: “First couple days, I was just hitting, looking for a fastball. The last couple days, I’ve been trying to actually have at-bats. It hasn’t gone too well. So it was good to be able to go out there, try to have some at-bats, mix it up, be aggressive, all that. It felt good.”
And, in case you were wondering, Theo is still doing the negotiating thing with Adrian’s agent, (how-refreshing-that-it’s-not-Scott-Boras) John Boggs, and both sides look for a result for the contract extension that will work for everyone sometime in April…The number being bandies about is 7 years, $155 million-ish…
With 2 bullpen slots left to round out the 25 man, it’s going to get very interesting these last few games of the 2011 Grapefruit League–trying to get everyone’s work in, so the management has the best possible sample of their body of work. The players in contention: Dennys Reyes, Hideki Okajima, Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Scott Atchison, Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers and Michael Bowden. If I were a betting girl (which I am not, not even a little), I would say that Okajima and Scott Atchison will be the ones to make the cut. I could be completely wrong, but that is how it feels to me right now…The rest will be released, sent to the minors, or put on waivers….I guess we will see soon enough…And, as a side note: Dennys Reyes, who is considered a front runner, has an opt out clause that activates this Friday….
So, Oreo Manager Buck Showalter had this to say in a recent interview: “I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll. You got Carl Crawford ’cause you paid more than anyone else, and that’s what makes you smarter? That’s why I like whipping their butt. It’s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?’ ‘How nice for you…BUCK… Of course, we have no context, but I do have a question: The cookies were 66-96 last year–seems to me they aren’t really beating anyone…
In case you are interested: Fenway Park plays host for the 3rd time to The Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Featuring a pre-game Home Run Derby, autograph session with the all-stars, discount concessions, and a silent auction filled with baseball memorabilia, this is an event for the entire family. Tickets are $10.00 each, and all tickets are General Admission. For more info, or to purchase tickets, go to the website, call (877) REDSOX-9, or get your tickets at any Cape Cod game.
Finally, if you are looking for something to do next Thursday, March 31st while the other teams play baseball? You can head over to Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and watch the free screening of the Fenway Park Documentary, Down the Line. The film offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at Fenway Park and the folks who work there. The Screening will take place on Rem Dawg’s 11′ x 6′ “Screen Monsters”, and will offer a meet and greet with the producers, cast, and crew…Movie is at 8, with the meet and greet at 6:30. For more information on Down the Line and to view the documentary’s trailer, you can go here. For more info on Jerry Remy’s please visit their website or call 617-236-REMY (7369).
Coming up: The Sox host former Pitching Coach (now Manager) John Farrell’s Blue Jay at City of Palms for a Friday Night Contest. Josh Oh-I-Hope-he-can-right-himself-and-be-the-Josh-the-Sox-need-him-to-be Beckett gets the start. 1st pitch 7:05pm