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Spring is Here!

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At least for baseball it is.

Yesterday was the official report day for pitchers and catchers and manager Terry Francona updated us on some pressing issues.

On Jacoby Ellsbury’s Health

“He’s healthy now. He says he’s doing everything without being limited, which is good because that had been a while. It’ll be fun to watch Ells. A year ago this time we’re talking about him playing left field, being our leadoff hitter and being a game-changer. Now we have the game-changer in left field (in Carl Crawford) and can move Ells back over to center and hopefully allow him to continue his development.”

On a Potential Closer Controversy

“I don’t think this is as much of an issue for Paps as maybe it was for people talking about Paps. He knows where I stand on this. I don’t think it’s much of an issue.”

On the Catching Situation

“We have Tek and Salty and I think we’re pretty comfortable with that, maybe more than people realize. Salty’s had a tremendous winter. This guy’s potentially a power-hitting, switch-hitting catcher. If that doesn’t come to fruition right away, that’s not the end of the world. We love the way he wants to run the game and he aspires to the run the game. And Tek’s in a good spot. He feels good about where he is and that makes us feel better.”

Positional players are due to report Friday with the first full workout coming Saturday.

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Strange But True

Photo credit softball.org.nz

Sox Sign Kiwi Catcher

This story has two odd parts to it. The Red Sox signed a catcher today from New Zealand. Not normal. To add to the strangeness, Te Wera Bishop, is not a baseball catcher but a softball catcher. Oh yeah, he is only 17-years-old too. Bishop is expected to be in Fort Meyers for Spring Training before heading to Australia for a training camp.

Human Cannonball Headed to Lowell

On July 5, the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox minor league affiliate, will try and draw a big crowd with its “Human Home Run” promotion. Though technically not a home run, stunt man David Smith Jr., will be launched from home plate into a net just past second base. Sounds like fun. Where do I sign up?

You can buy tickets to the game beginning March 15 at the Lowell Spinners Web Page.

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