That’s right folks; Truck Day is here, and no matter what the weather is like (it’s been warmer lately), that means spring is just around the corner.
It is only 5 days until the four best words of any winter: Pitchers and Catchers Report. The Boston Red Sox are headed into the spring in as strong a position as they have been since 2007 and look to be the favorites on paper. Guys are already reporting to Ft. Myers and the Truck is leaving today, but I can’t say that I’m 100% comfortable with the way the Sox are heading into the season.
Most years we could say the same thing, but this season has a question mark that hasn’t been there for quite a while, the spectre of large scale injury worries. Last season, the Sox won 89 games with a club that was led by J.D. Drew. Led and Drew are two words that should never go together, but that was because of the injuries that took out half of the lineup. This year, everybody is supposed to be healthy, and that may be the case, but with four of the top five guys in the lineup coming off off of injuries (Ells, Pedey, Youk, Gonzo) and the entire infield less than 100%, I am tempering my expectations. (Except for the fact that I get a boner every time I try to figure out this year’s Sox lineup.)
Who the hell cares though. It’s Truck Day, and right now, all is right with the world.
Smells like...... this bag hasn't been open in 3 months.
That’s right, you can smell spring in the air and that can only mean one thing in New England… just two more snow storms till spring is actually here. It’s a great time in New England and people almost smile at each other. I arranged drinking buddies for Wednesday’s evening affair and Kayem Fenway Franks will be in the broilah.
Yeah, these are all pictures that I pulled right off of Extra Bases, but it just makes me enormously happy to know that there are people playing baseball on diamonds that belong to the Boston Red Sox even as we are getting a forecast for more f#$%ing snow.
The Truck is being unloaded.
"Yes, that movie "She's Out of My League" is based on my wife and I, but hey, I put on some weight this winter!"
I have no idea who these people are, but they make me feel like spring.
Baseballs have not forgotten to fear Youkzilla and his beard.
There is just more to come as almost seventy guys have arrived early for spring training. Youk, Paps, Lester, Dice, Buck, and others are already in town, Victor is telling everyone he can get his hands on that he wants to stay in Boston, and It’s getting warmer around here. Things are still good.
3 Fucking Days.
Still Better Than Christmas and Kwanza Combined
Is there anywhere else in the world that the simple packing and departure of a moving truck makes a whole region sit up and celebrate? There are already guys down in Fort Myers wearing Red Sox uniforms and taking BP, tossing balls around and working out, but for the majority of Red Sox nation, today is the true start of the countdown to spring.
Today the Red Sox pack up the equipment truck and move their whole operations down to Florida for six weeks. Today Adrian Beltre, John Lackey, Mike Cameron and Marco Scutaro put their stuff on the list of things to head to City of Palms Park. Today the sun wil be a little warmer, the clouds a little less grey and the region a little happier.
Today is Truck Day. We’ve made it.
So with the Red Sox roster pretty much set for the season (barring another injury or Lowell actually getting traded this time), things have started to slow down as the days dwindle until Spring Training. Truck Day is Friday and there’s not much going on until then. Sure, we’re all excited about the Gaby Hernandez pick up, but the main thing that’s going on is that the New York Times is finally moving ahead with selling their 17.5% stake in New England Sports Ventures, also known as the Boston American League Baseball Club.
I’ve never been all that comfortable with the New York Times, or even the Globe for that matter, owning a part of the Sox. First of all they are from New York, and secondly, they have to report on the team that they own. I’ve never claimed to be an unbiased or objective observer of this team, or even allow reality to get in the way of my opinions, but I don’t own the team (yet), and I’m not a major news outlet.
The New Owners?
With the Times bowing out, this is an opportunity for another set of truly local hands to get a grip on the Sox. I love John Henry, Et. Al, but the only local guy in the group is Theo, and he doesn’t hold an ownership stake. His job makes it so that he can’t even cheer at games because he has to be as analytical as possible. (I was sitting two rows behind him a few years back when Trot made two spectacular diving catches in a row and he didn’t even pump his fist while the rest of Fenway was on their feet). I’d really like to see a fan get in there and at least be able to get his (our) views heard in that war room. I don’t think this person will always be listened to, nor should he, but just having a fan’s voice on the ownership would be nice (especially if it was mine).
So feel free to pledge a dollar to our ownership drive in the comments section, and do whatever you can to survive the lull until we get to spend 12 hours a day watching this on NESN:
The best part is that they keep calling Jonathan Papelbon “Josh” which is his minor league brother’s name.
8 goddamn days.
Just keep saying it……..It’s all gonna be O.K.
After a complete off day yesterday (and yes, I’m ignoring the NCAA games, because the only reason I’m paying attention is because of my bracket), the C’s play tonight, the B’s tomorrow, and the Sox this afternoon. It’s a beautiful day out and it is only made better by this:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Bay, LF
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Nick Green, SS
Josh Beckett, SP
Yes, that is this afternoon’s Red Sox lineup. It looks almost like opening day (plug in Lowrie for Green and you’ve got it) and feels like it too. Enjoy the day.