Everyone — well almost everyone — is in the house
Finally, a full house here in the Fort. Well, an almost full house. Papi is here; J.D. Drew is here. The position players are all undergoing physicals and conditioning drills today. Just one absence. Yes, Manny Ramirez has not checked in.
The Sox made it official that Manny will be here March 1 meaning that, yes, Tavarez was right again.
One week from today, the games begin. That’s good, because you can only go through so many drills before needing some actual competition.
I will say that the sprint relays were fun to watch today, especially when Ortiz was chugging along. In mock anger, he hollered, "Are we going to the Olympics this year or something?".. Then he yelled, "Someone better make a copy of this because I ain’t ever doing this (choice word) again."
The relievers were doing their side work today. I still get the feeling that Pineiro has the inside track to be the closer, but what do I know?
This is the first classic Fort Myers day since I’ve been here. Blue sky, bright sun, temperature in the 80s. I’m loving it.
Ortiz and Drew both addressed the media today. I thought J.D. came across very well and Ortiz was his usual hilarious self.
Ciao — or better yet — Sayonara,