I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m happy to see a baseball game today. Enough cutoff and relay drills. Enough side sessions. Enough over-hyped batting practice sessions.
Tonight, we get to see how Schilling looks. We get to see what kind of player Lugo is. We get to see Big Papi take some hacks.
Just got done with pre-game session with Francona. No huge news. The one tidbit of information is that Jon Lester will make his first game appearance of the Spring in a "B" game against Minor Leaguers on Monday. Obviously it will be great to see Jon back out there for the first time since his cancer diagnosis.
Is everyone revved up for tonight? I understand the game is being televised back in Boston. On the events the game is not being televised, I’ll try to fill the blog with more game-related info. Sound good?
And by the way, I’ve recovered nicely from getting hit in the back by a Japanese pitcher during media batting practice yesterday. The guy who hit me is a very nice man and was very apologetic. I’m just glad the first pitch he threw me didn’t hit me in the head as I feared it was going to.
I learned a couple of interesting things about Dice-K today. The first is that he’s almost obsessed with Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball. As Wakefield threw BP today, Matsuzaka peered in from behind the catcher. Matsuzaka, threw his interpreter, said that the knuckleball had a little more velocity than he suspected. There’s no truth to the rumor that Dice-K is going to toss aside his image as a power pitcher and convert to a knuckleballer.
The other interesting thing about Matsuzaka is that he wears socks with finger-like holes for each toe. These are called tabi socks, and are fairly traditional for Japanese baseball players.