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So….. It Begins.

Tomorrow marks the first week of March. February (AKA the grayest month) has passed and that means three things. First, in a few weeks daylight savings comes back, I start waking up in the dark, but once work is over, i have enough time in the sun that I can stop killing people and feeding off their blood to stay sane. Second, it means that College kids can start playing basketball and we get to have the largest nationally sanctioned gambling event in the world (no seriously, have you ever realized that everyone from kids in middle school to old people in nursing homes gamble at least a few bucks on a bracket for the tournament? Somebody out there has to have wasted their time on calculating exactly how big of an industry that is, and I’m pretty sure that if taxed properly it would be another way to fix the economy. That and legalizing pot.). Third, and most important to us here at the Ballpark, is that Spring Training Games start.

The games may be filled with minor leaguers and B-squad guys for the most part, and there may not be more than the first three innings worth watching, but it’s baseball, and that’s good enough for me. Without further adieu, here is the Red Sox Spring Training broadcast schedule.

Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangster.

Date Opponent Time (ET) Site TV Radio
March
Wednesday, March 3
vs Northeastern U. 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
vs Boston College 6:05 PM City of Palms Park NESN
Thursday, March 4 vs Twins 7:05 PM City of Palms Park WEEI 850
Friday, March 5 @ Twins 1:05 PM Hammond Stadium
Saturday, March 6 vs Twins 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
@ Rays 1:05 PM Port Charlotte WEEI 850
Sunday, March 7 @ Orioles 1:05 PM Sarasota NESN WEEI 850
Monday, March 8 vs Cardinals 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
Tuesday, March 9 @ Marlins 1:05 PM Jupiter
Wednesday, March 10 vs Rays 1:05 PM City of Palms Park WEEI 850
Thursday, March 11 @ Mets 1:10 PM Port St. Lucie
Friday, March 12 @ Cardinals 1:05 PM Jupiter
Saturday, March 13 vs Pirates 1:05 PM City of Palms Park NESN WEEI 850
Sunday, March 14 @ Twins 1:05 PM Hammond Stadium NESN WRKO 680
Monday, March 15 vs Orioles 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
Tuesday, March 16 @ Astros 1:05 PM Kissimmee
@ Rays 7:05 PM Port Charlotte WEEI 850
Wednesday, March 17 vs Mets 1:05 PM City of Palms Park NESN WEEI 850
Friday, March 19 @ Pirates 1:05 PM Bradenton
Saturday, March 20 vs Orioles 1:05 PM City of Palms Park NESN WEEI 850
Sunday, March 21 @ Blue Jays 1:05 PM Dunedin
vs Astros 1:05 PM City of Palms Park NESN WEEI 850
Monday, March 22 vs Rays 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
Tuesday, March 23 @ Twins 7:05 PM Hammond Stadium WEEI 850
Wednesday, March 24 @ Pirates 1:05 PM Bradenton
Thursday, March 25 vs Marlins 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
Friday, March 26 vs Blue Jays 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
Saturday, March 27 @ Orioles 1:05 PM Sarasota WEEI 850
Sunday, March 28 vs Twins 1:05 PM City of Palms Park NESN WEEI 850
Monday, March 29 vs Rays 7:05 PM City of Palms Park NESN WEEI 850
Tuesday, March 30 @ Rays 1:05 PM Port Charlotte ESPN
Wednesday, March 31 @ Orioles 1:05 PM Sarasota
April
Thursday, April 1 vs Twins 1:05 PM City of Palms Park ESPN
Friday, April 2 vs Nationals 1:05 PM City of Palms Park
Saturday, April 3 @ Nationals 4:05 PM Nationals Park WEEI 850
(SS) Split Squad        Home Games at City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Florida

Go Sox

Done.

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Mike Cameron: Not A Douche

Through the magic of the internet, we have some video of one of the newest Red Sox, and the guy who will possibly be under the most pressure at the start of the season, Mike Cameron. Gladly, he seems to be cool with chatting with the fans (until he gets to Boston and figures out how crazy we are. I still don’t think he’s the answer in the outfield, center or left, but since the Beltre signing (who I may be unreasonably optimistic about) he seems to be a better pick up. His explanation of his choice of numbers hist all the right buttons and he comes this close to calling B.J. Upton an asshole for not talking to fans, but then changes the subject. We’ll see how the guy does when play starts, and he’d better not drop that first ball, but for now he just stepped a notch up in my book.

And I agree with Tony, Hannah Storm looked really milfy today on SportsCenter, but not as hot as the MILF from the Canadian Curling team.

Yeah, She Can Handle A Broom.

Go Sox.

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The Treebeard Problem and Other Things On Theo Epstein’s To Do List.

Mike Lowell with Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia.

We all know how it works. As soon as you get comfortable, you realize that there is a whole crapload of stuff that you still need to do. It’s the same even for Theo Epstein, whose arrival at spring training isn’t the end of his winter’s work, but just a change in location. Other than deciding on the two or three spots on the bench and in the bullpen that haven’t been settled yet, Theo has plenty to do. Fortunately for him, I’m here with some solutions.

It's About This Big.

1. The Treebeard Problem. Seems like no matter how hard he tries, Theo just cant get rid of that damned Mike Lowell. After 2007, when he was a free agent, Theo tried to lowball him in the hopes that he would go to the Phillies and break down physically there. Didn’t work, and Lowell took a shorter deal to stay in Boston ( I really can’t blame him). After 2008, hey attempted to sign Mrs. Leigh Teixeira (does it surprise anyone that the Yankees keep finding douches to sign?), which would have sent Youk to third and made Lowell the odd man out. We all know what happened there. This winter Theo tried to send Lowell to the Rangers (along with $9 million) for Max Ramirez, but his injured thumb got in the way of that one.

He Can Still Hit, And He's Excited About That

He was severely limited defensively last season, but hit 17 home runs and had .811 OPS in 119 games. He is still a viable offensive force, and if his hip and thumb can get healthy he will still be able to catch the ball with the best of them (not Beltre, but all the others). The real problem is that he simply doesn’t have a spot on this team unless the Sox want to carry two DHs (or something terrible happens). Not a bad idea, considering Ortiz’ struggles in the first two months of 2009, but not something I can see them doing. The most likely move is another trade, possibly the same one as before, but not until Lowell can prove he’s healthy, and according to reports, not likely before the regular season. If the move for Max Ramirez is still on the table at that point, and no better deal is out there, Theo should definitely go back to that well.

Wow, He Got Huge This Winter.

2. The Captain and his replacement. Jason Varitek is no longer the starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox. His body has broken down to the point where he can no longer lead the team the way that he did on the field for so many years. Fortunately, the Sox already have a more than viable replacement on their roster in the form of Victor Martinez. Once the Lowell situation is a bit more under control (and even before that) locking up Martinez needs to be a top priority. He has already stated that he wants to stay here for the rest of his career, and will be the best catcher on the free agent market next season if it gets that far (Mauer is a pipe dream, he’s staying in Minnesota). The Yankees would love to be able to replace a 37 year old Jorge Posada with Victor, and you can bet that they’ll pony up the cash if it gets to that point. The best solution is to not let that happen, lock him up for five or six years while guys like Mark Wagner, Tim Federowicz and Luis Exposito develop into what we need them to be (preferably under the tutelage of Varitek after he retires next winter with his third ring). Just make the effing deal.

No Matter How Hard You Push, The Wall Won't Get Any Farther From The Plate.

3. The Best October Pitcher on the Planet (sometimes).  It’s Josh Beckett’s contract year, which means he’s probably going to destroy everything in his path. It’s also 2010, and even numbered year, which means that he will have a sub par season (for him) and people will be disappointed. One of these two things will happen, but either way, the Sox have to start thinking about either resigning or letting the pitcher go. The starting point for any deal will be the five year, $82.5 million contract that both Lackey (who has almost identical career numbers) and A.J. Burnett got in the past two years. Beckett’s contract situation is going to be a focus for the media the entire year, and if it becomes a distraction for the pitcher, he will end up with a far smaller contract than the Beckett of 2007 would have gotten. This is a wait and see opportunity, but a deal could be made midseason like it was in 2006

The job of a Major League GM is never done, and there are a million smaller issues to handle that you and I have no clue even exist, but these are three biggies. Trust in Theo, and know that he’s on the right track, even if this is a f#$%ing “bridge” year. Today is the first full squad workout and the skies are blue in Ft. Myers. Enjoy.

Go Sox.

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The Most Awesome Picture of the Day

Go America.

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Dear NBC: WANTED: Olympics: LIVE!

Don't bother... Bode Miller won. I have ESP.............N.

I don’t have real strong grasp on this as a broad consumer issue… but speaking solely for myself: I want to see the Olympics as they happen. From purely an entertainment standpoint, it just sucks knowing what happens before you watch the event. The winter Olympics in particular are all about caring about sports you would have ZERO interest in otherwise, and it’s fun to watch them unfold. I got to see the freaking Men’s Cross Country races live (which I watched) and you can’t give me the biggest names in USA Olympic Sports as they happen???

You can’t just tape delay things anymore and expect the whole world isn’t following it on Twitter.

American Gold Medalist Bode Miller... LOOOOOOOOVES Coke.

The last Winter Olympics was 4 years ago, before Twitter, Skype, the mainstream emergence of YouTube, etc… 4 human years ago is like 25 technology years. We are in the age of immediacy and NBC’s Olympic coverage must reflect that. Waking up at 530 AM to watch the Sox in Japan a few years ago was awesome, friends came over, we made a huge breakfast, and all went to work drunk. The World Cup Games that are scheduled during the day or the middle of the night, we make special plans around to watch the ones important to us. NBC: We’re big boys and don’t need you spoon feeding us the world’s purest sporting event at only the times you can make the most money.

Oh you need the money you say? To maintain your payments to the Olympic broadcasting rights? While maybe you shouldn’t have miss-calculated their monetary value so badly that it stuffed you into a hole… but don’t take it out on us!

Bottom line: My TV is turned on and tuned in to NBC for two weeks every two years, sifting through their hideous programing advertisements and dealing with all this tape delay crap. My Television will be on anyways NBC… SO GIVE US WHAT WE WANT: XXX Live Girls, All Day.

Wait a minute. What was I talking about?

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I leave you with some Excessive American Sex Marketing:

American Olympian Gretchen Bleiler

American Olympian Katie Uhlaender... this is actually how you celebrate a win in Skeleton.

American Olympian Tanith Belbin

American Olympian Kristi Leskinen

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Three Reasons to Fear the Red Sox.

Oh, Yeah.

So pretty, just so pretty.

Go Sox.

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It Must Be Spring Today Because Spring Training Starts Today.

Jake Taylor and Lou Brown arrive for Spring Training today.

Here’s to another season in the sun. All the questions can be left for tomorrow. Just enjoy today. Dave Roberts stole second base.

Go Sox.

0 Days. (The Definition of Awesomeness)

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