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  • March 20th, 2012

    Red Sox 4, Twins 8:
    An Act of Selflessness?

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:52 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Supposedly, Josh Beckett told Bobby Valentine a couple of months ago that the Opening Day starter should NOT be him, but Jon Lester. According to Bobby, Josh said something like this on New Year Day when they met at Josh’s house: “Jon earned the job last year and didn’t do anything to lose it.” While I completely agree with this assessment, I am surprised Beckett would be this…uncompetitive…

    But that is what is happening. When the Sox take the field on Thursday afternoon, April 6th in Detroit (Only 16 days away!), they will do so behind staff ace Jon Lester. Josh Beckett will get the start in the home opener against Tampa Bay on Friday the 13th…

    Lester weighs in on the honor, his 2nd in a row: “I’m excited, kind of the same as I was last year. Honored. It’s nice to know you’re the first one out of the gate. Like I said, it’s always exciting. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way as soon as possible, so you can build off that. Like I said, the biggest thing is I’m honored and excited.”

    So then I guess the rest of the rotation will be That Clay Person, Daniel Bard, and more than likely, Felix Doubront, with Alfredo Aceves going to the bullpen. I think this selection has a lot of do with the fact that Doubront is out of options and there is no way in hell he would clear waivers, and Aceves has the Tim Wakefield Curse: He is too damn versatile…

    But then again, with Bobby Valentine at the helm, who knows what going to happen…

    Speaking of, had a conversation with my friend Paul from Boston today, and of course Bobby V came up. We both agreed that if she showed up at our houses for coffee, he’d be charming, entertaining, everything you could ask for in a friend. And there is no disputing his baseball mind–he is brilliant in terms of the sport. But…

    He just reallyREALLY needs to stop making stuff all about him. And please Bobby, please, oh, please STOP TALKING…

    Carl Crawford is back to baseball activities, taking 20 swings off a tee this week, and will soon progress to live pitching–if his wrist doesn’t fall off or anything. He is also on a throwing program to building strength…

    The Sox currently have 53 players in camp, including 16 non-roster invitees. The cuts have already started with pitcher Will Inman and Stolmy Pimentel being sent to the minors yesterday…

    Coming up: The Sox host Toronto tonight, as Daniel Bard makes his 4th appearance (and 3rd start) of Spring training, hoping to fare better than he did against the Cardinals last week. He is opposed by Kyle Drabeck. 1st pitch 7:05pm.

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