Yes, it gets cold in Texas too!!! It’s downright freezing here, or perhaps below it, with the temperature around 35 degrees (windchill of about 30) as I sit here more than four hours before game-time.
Hopefully Julian Tavarez’s hand isn’t too cold to pitch well. There’s supposed to be some freezing rain. I’m thinking they’ll get this game in, but who knows.
When you see Victor Martinez pull a muscle in his leg on a frozen, snowy day in Cleveland and then Hideki Matsui do the exact same thing on a frigid day in the Bronx the next, you come to the following conclusion. Baseball is not meant to be played in weather like this.
I tried to glean some insight from manager Terry Francona before today’s game in how you prevent injuries in weather like this, but he didn’t have all that much to say. I just don’t think there’s a lot you can do about it.
"You know what, it’s cold. What are you going to do? I hope
we hit the ball hard enough where we have to run the bases. Yesterday we
Every team deals with it. You deal with it. if you’re
winning, it doesn’t seem like it’s as cold. I don’t know what to tell you. Make sure they stretch."
It was a pretty quiet pre-game. Most of the players were paying attention to the Masters, especially golf nut Tim Wakefield.
Same lineup again today. Mirabelli remains the only reserve to get a start so far. Cora will start tomorrow night, and Wily Mo and Hinske are both likely to get a start at Fenway during the homestand.
I had a great pre-game meal today at a Mexican bakery with my hombre Jesse Sanchez. a few real tasty burritos and an awesome lemon turnover. If you ever get to Arlington, make sure to stop by the Marquez Bakery and Tortilla Factory. Cheap, cheap lunch and tasty. Four stars!!