As March crawls by slowly Spring Training crawls by even slower. As the Red Sox inch their way towards Opening Day it is the same routine as most springs: stretch, jog, golf, shit-stomp a few college squads, play the Twins a few hundred times, answer the same dull questions everyday from reporters, and send all the players with jersey numbers higher than 58 to their respective summer homes.
“Hey, 84! You’re headed to Lancaster.”
“Coach, I have a name. It’s …”
“Whatever, 84. Learn to hit a (expletive) baseball and you’ll get a name. Get a cab to the bus station. The Greyhound from Ft. Myers to Lancaster, CA leaves in 20 minutes and you wanna bring a pillow– tough 67 hours on that friggin bus ride. Go.”
Here are some of the moments of spring training:
Terry and the boys talk about their favorite moments from “The Notebook”
Two of the younger pitchers play ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ to see who has to head to 7-Eleven to buy Brad Penny’s Michelob Ultras and latest issue of People magazine and Tim Wakefiled’s afternoon tin of Copenhagen.
Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz share a chuckle watching Julio Lugo take grounders.
Team owner John Henry attracted swarms of affluent fans as he signed baseballs for $38. NASCAR fans caught a bit of a break getting the autographs for just $36.
Red Sox catchers do a drill to prepare for any Tampa Bay Ray who slides into home plate this season. “And make it a good one!” yelled Terry from sidelines.
David Ortiz listens to a motivational speech by good friend Manny Ramirez entitled: ” Money, Hitting, and Money”