Pitchers and catchers officially reported on Sunday. Fortunately, since we have a lot of badness to put behind us, most of our key pitchers were already down there, and that’s the way it should be. The season isn’t going to win itself. But we as Red Sox Nation can be ecstatic about that because it means that we’re one step closer to Spring Training, which is one step closer to the regular season, which is one step closer to having baseball return after a long winter and to putting last season behind us.
Compensation for Theo has officially been hammered out. We’re getting Chris Carpenter – the prospect, not the Cy Young winner – and a player to be named later in exchange for a player to be named later. Congratulations. It only took four months to get this done.
Speaking of Theo, John Henry apologized to Crawford for stating on WEEI that he was against signing Crawford but did it anyway because Theo wanted to. Crawford apparently apologized to John Henry for his horrendous season in return. The brass also took ownership of last season’s collapse. Well, apologies are all well and good, and it’s nice that people are owning up to things and being accountable, but we’ve got a new season on our hands that I think we should get to focusing on.
Rich Hill is on the roster. Lackey is on the sixty-day DL.
In other news, the B’s were shut out by the Wild but bounced back with wins over the Blues and Sens; we also lost a shootout to the Sabres but at least we got a point out of it.