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  • March 19th, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Skanks 8:
    Its Only Spring Training…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:31 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    As I keep telling myself OVER AND OVER. Right Now the Sox are losing more than they are winning (8-11), but I fully expect that once Opening Day happens, the intensity that we know and love will be there, and our Sox will be BACK!

    Until then, it’s just grit our teeth, and keep telling ourselves it’s only Spring Training…and there are 11 days to Opening Day.

    Speaking of, MLB is trying to say that the Actual Opening Day is Saturday the 22nd when the Dodgers play Arizona in Australia. Technically, I GUESS that is true, but as far as I am concerned, you can’t play a couple games, take a week or so off, and then start the rest of the season. That’s just weird. Opening Day is March 31st.

    And while I am at it, I guess I should probably throw out my prediction for the 2014 Campaign. As always, my prognostication skill suck (although I got the whole “Win the World Series in 6 right–ok, so did everyone else too), so whether or not it will happen, well…

    ANYWAY, Sox will win 97 games, and the AL East. And while I am not sure if they can repeat this year, I certainly think they will be in contention…So we will see…

    And how bout the fun competition that is heating up between Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Grady Sizemore? Grady is hitting the cover off the ball with a .381 average, to Jackie’s .189. But it’s much too soon to tell. While I would love to see both of them on the Opening Day Roster, that means someone else will have to go such as Daniel Nava, or Johnny Gomes, or most likely, Mike Carp. My feeling is that if Grady continues to do well, he will start the season in centerfield and Jackie will start the season in Pawtucket. But I don’t expect he will be there long. Things like that have a way of working themselves out…

    And speaking of injured center fielders, Jacoby Ellsbury is injured (strained right calf) and did not play in yesterday’s game. Knock me over with a feather, I’m SHOCKED. OK, who had March 18th in the pool? I had May 13th. What can I say, I’m an optimist…

    Oh, and apropos of nothing, ya know what will be one of the best parts of Derek Jeter retiring (besides the obvious)? They will STOP using his face for a good portion of the MLB ads that are everyone. Because there are no other players out there, dontcha know?

    Finally, Will Middlebrooks has been named the 2014 Jimmy Fund Rally Against Cancer spokesplayer, joining an impressive group of previous players including Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, Dustin Pedroia and Trot Nixon.

    As this year’s ambassador for the Jimmy Fund, he will help to raise awareness and build support for cancer care and research for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Now in its ninth year, Rally Against Cancer has raised over $3.5 million to support the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber.

    For more information, and how to participate, please check out Rally Against Cancer’s website.

    Coming up: Jake Peavy makes his 2nd Grapefruit Leagues start of the season, as the Sox take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. He is opposed by Wandy Rodriguez for the Bucs. 1st pitch: 7:05pm…

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