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  • February 12th, 2013

    February 12, 2013:
    Happy First Workout!

    Posted by Christine E. at 10:29 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades Comments (2)

    It’s here! It’s here! ITS HERE! The First Mandatory workout for all Pitchers and Catchers happened today at about 9:30am. Baseball is HERE!

    Principal Owner John Henry, conspicuously absent for quite some time as the rumor mill has swirled around the Red Sox, held court in Fort Meyer for about 25 minutes yesterday, answering everything that was thrown at him. He calls Tito’s assertions in his book about “sexy” players, “laughable”, and the one about the ownership group “liking but not loving baseball”, “ridiculous.”

    Maybe he is being truthful, but do you really think that if Tito’s writings WERE true, that John Henry would actual come out and ADMIT it? Admit that they wanted to sign positive PR players, and that soccer, or hockey, or whatever other team they current own, is their true passion–and that baseball is just “OK”.

    It’s interesting that John Farrell has decided that more aggressive and thoughtful base running is the thing he wants to focus on for the 2013 campaign–especially since the Sox have never really been known for their running game. Sure, we have Jake, and Dustin Pedroia does ok and, apparently, Shane Victorino has been known to steal a base or 3–but a team-wide philosophy? Farrell weighs in: “What we’ll try to do is put pressure on the defense, as far as our first to thirds. They’re going to be dealing with a new third-base coach, a new first-base coach. There are a lot of things that we have to cover, and that’s the in-game terminology that takes place that others might not be aware of. When a guy gets to first base, how is [first-base coach] Arnie [Beyeler] going to talk to him? Both verbal and non-verbal. There’s a lot of things that we’ll go through that will be in chalk-talk sessions to drill work to ultimately going out on the field.” Like I said: Interesting…

    Dead Arms–BEFORE a meaningful pitch is thrown? Apparently, when all the pitchers did their drills as part of their physicals, Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow came up with “weakness in their shoulders” which manifested itself during long toss. Quick to indicate that it’s merely precautionary, John Farrell said that their program will commence at a slower pace than the other pitchers in camp…

    Fortunately, the only impactful players who are playing in the World Baseball Classic are Shane Victorino (USA) and Alfredo Aceves (Mexico) which means things won’t get too boogered up for the Sox. I get that they want to play, but really, they need to focus on the team that signs their paycheck…

    King Felix may not get all the gold, as a potential elbow issue may halt his immense, 7-year, $175 million contract. Honestly, will these ballclubs never learn? $25 million a year to a pitcher? I know he is a very good, even elite pitcher–but pitchers are always one throw away from potential disaster…and honestly, how many “sure thing” pitching contracts have been signed that ended up being a disaster? Most of them…

    If Terry Francona thought he had seen the last of Daisuke Matsuzaka, he can think again–the Cleveland Indians Organization had signed Daisuke to a minor league contract, with in invite to Spring Training, pending a physical. If he makes the 40 man, he would get a base salary of $1.5 million, and could earn another $1 million in incentives…BIG difference from the phenom who the Sox paid $51 Million just to negotiate his contract with the team…

    Also signed to a minor league deal with Cleveland: Jason Giambi. Insert punch line here…

    Speaking of punch lines, we all know how Sox prospect Bryce Brentz shot himself in the leg a couple of weeks ago, after he was cleaning his handgun without (DUH!) making sure it wasn’t loaded. I’ll admit I know precious little about guns, but how the hell does one clean a gun with a bullet inside anyway? While Ben Cherington says he’s out of commission for most, if not all of Spring Training, Brentz has other ideas: “It’s a minor setback really. I plan on being in camp (Monday) ready to go…I don’t want to put words in anyone’s mouth, but I hope they’re open to it.

    Coming up: The rest of the Boston Red Sox will report this week (59 in all), with the first full squad workout on Friday. Holy Buckets! Real baseball games, by the end of this month! Yay!

    2 Responses to “February 12, 2013:
    Happy First Workout!”

    1. Steve says:

      Gotta LOVE that feeling…baseball…spring, makin the heart sing! Great article!

    2. Kurt Smith says:

      I had no idea Giambi was still playing!

      Honestly, I think the players disliked Valentine enough that they’re going to play hard this year. Red Sox just might be a contender after all. And wouldn’t that be a hoot…

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