Happy Truck Day, everybody! I’m telling you, nothing warms the soul like an eighteen-wheeler pulling out of Fenway Park to head south in the dead of winter. It’s been an especially long winter this year, so I’m ready to see some ball. I can’t even begin to describe how psyched I am. I don’t care how cold it is outside; Spring Training is almost here! Pitchers and catchers on Thursday! Life is good. Life, indeed, is good.
Non-roster invitees are right-handers Randor Bierd, Fernando Cabrera, Casey Kelly, Adam Mills, Edwin Moreno, Joe Nelson, Jorge Sosa, and Kyle Weiland; southpaws Kris Johnson and Brian Shouse; catchers Luis Exposito and Gustavo Molina; infielders Lars Anderson, Yamaico Navarro, Angel Sanchez, and Gil Velazquez; and outfielders Zach Daeges, Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin, and Darnell McDonald. Keep your eye on Casey Kelly and Jose Iglesias. They’re beasts. And I hope Lars Anderson doesn’t disappoint; he’s supposed to be the first homegrown power hitter we’ve had in a long time, and I’m psyched to see him put up some big numbers this year.
Youk, Pap, Lester, and Delcarmen are already down there, which is a good sign. Pap and Delcarmen could really use the extra training after the badness they exhibited last season. Youk has stated his intention to spend the entirety of his career in Boston and retire as a member of the Red Sox. He stays in Boston during the offseason and loves New England. Way to be, dude. Way to be. And Lester will probably be our Number One starter. Last season he proved to be way more consistent than Beckett, and don’t look now, but he’s basically turned into one of the best southpaws in all of baseball.
By the way, it’s pretty much official that we’re not resigning Rocco Baldelli. Guess who’s going to hit for Drew against southpaws: Bill Hall. This should be mighty interesting.
Congratulations to Clay Buchholz, who’s been named the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund’s Rally Against Cancer Spokesplayer! Nomar made his debut as an analyst on Baseball Tonight and was absolutely horrible. He said nothing of consequence and made no sense half the time. I guess that means he won’t be retiring as soon as we thought.
Spring Training. Baseball season. Almost here. What more can I say? Soon it’ll be Opening Day (and by that I mean Opening Night; thanks again, ESPN), and we’ll get this show on the road!
In other news, the Saints won their first Super Bowl in franchise history last weekend. The final score was 31-17, and let’s not to forget to mention Peyton Manning’s single interception, nabbed by Tracy Porter for a seventy-four-yard touchdown. Tracy Porter now has the two most important interceptions in franchise history. Also, let’s not forget to mention the Peyton face. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Boston College won the Beanpot. I know; I was surprised, too, because I was expecting the U after the B, not the C after the B. The final score was 4-3; it was a close game, and a good one, too. Oh yeah, and the Bruins are actually on a winning streak. You read right. We’ve won our last four games; a 3-0 shutout against the Habs last weekend, a 3-2 shootout victory against the Sabres, a 5-4 defeat of the Lightning, and a 3-2 shootout win against the Panthers. With the exception of the Habs win, which by the way was exceptionally gratifying, those were some seriously close calls, but we are in absolutely no position to be picky. A win is a win, and I’ll most definitely take it.