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  • January 29th, 2013

    January 29, 2013: Grandstand Section G15,
    Row 14, Seats 1 and 2, Red Sox vs Colorado,
    June 26th…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:22 pm in General No Comments

    I’m making the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Yay!

    And, my daughter will make her first visit to the Fens–at 17 months! I didn’t get to Fenway until I was 13!!

    So, as I mentioned on my Facebook Page the other day, Pedro and ‘Tek are back together again–but this time as Special Assistants to GM Ben Cherington. Some of Pedro’s duties will include (naturally) working with Sox pitchers. He weighs in: I think we have a ways to go. We have to work hard and keep the team healthy. That has been the key the last few years… But I think the team has talent. You have the pitching nucleus to actually do it. If you want to do anything in baseball you have to do it through pitching.”

    Good news on the Will Middlebrooks front–his right wrist fracture is all healed up, and he has absolutely no restrictions going forward into the 2013 campaign. Let’s hope that the stellar path he was on before the injury continues. If he does continue to be a force at the plate and on the hot corner, it will go a long way to improving the Red Sox chances to compete this year, because right now, at MLB Futures Odds at Topbet, they are pretty much middle of the pack…

    But then there is not so good news on the Ryan Kalish front: His shoulder, which already had a torn labrum repaired in 2011, needs to be reopened and re operated on, which will hopefully help the major pain issues he has as a result of the initial surgery. He is expected to miss all of Spring Training rehabbing…

    To counteract the resulting outfield depth issue, the Sox have resigned Ryan Sweeney to a minor league contract, with an invite to Spring Training…Apparently, broken hand bones from punching walls heal faster. And Sweeney had this to say on Twitter over the weekend: “So excited to be back with Boston! Thanks to the red sox for the opportunity to play there again. Spring training here we come. Don’t worry redsox nation no punching doors this year. ”

    And, rumor has it that Daniel Bard is getting out of his funk. Apparently John Farrell was on hand to watch him throw last weekend is Mississippi, and felt that his power was back, and his “normal arm slot”. Now, if he would get out of his own head, he’d been in good shape…

    I’m a couple chapters into Terry Francona’s book, which is still talking about his life, and growing up in baseball, and the experiences he had with his dad, Tito, and the beginning years of his own pro career. It’s more of a narrative at this point–Can’t wait to get the juicy stuff!

    But it’s interesting to hear some of the things that are floating around out there, especially this gem from Josh Beckett: “(Francona) got kicked in the balls just like everybody else that ever left Boston. Why won’t they just let you leave? They did it to Nomar. Now they do it to him. He was a great manager, and all they did was kick him in the nuts when he leaves. I hope he buries all those (expletive).”

    Hardware Alert: Some of the awards given out at the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America Awards dinner last Thursday: Top honoree Terry Francona won the Judge Emil Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service. R.A Dickey won the Tony Conigliaro Award, Dustin Pedroia was named the team MVP, and Clay Buchholz was Pitcher of the Year. Other winners included: Will Middlebrooks (Rookie of the Year), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Tim Wakefield Award for community service) and Mike Aviles (Jackie Jensen Award for spirit).

    Finally: Interested in being a PA Announcer at Fenway Park? Here’s your chance: The Red Sox will hold public auditions Saturday from 00am–4:00pm at Fenway Park. Private auditions for public-address announcers were held last Wednesday night…

    Coming up: Pitchers and Catchers: February 12th. 2. Weeks. Today…

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