North of the Border
I’m headed to Toronto tonight, one of the better stops on the AL tour. The ballpark is good to work at, the city is full of friendly people and it’s a nice place to walk around. And as Mike Lowell said this afternoon, he’s very excited to be able to play baseball in short sleeves again.
Beckett has been awesome in his first three starts. Full disclosure here. I play fantasy baseball and selected Beckett in the fourth round. I was laughed out of the on-line chat room by these so-called experts, some of whom said, "I had Beckett projected in the 12th round" and other such mindless blabber.
Just watching Beckett this year, he "gets it" now. He looks completely confident and in total control of what he’s doing.
One big concern on this team right now is center field. I know it’s early, but Coco Crisp looks completely and utterly lost. Is this a classic case of a player who is having a hard time in a market such as Boston? I’m not sure. I really do feel his year last year was totally due to his injured hand. The guy is a dead fastball hitter. I thought he had had it back this spring watching the way he was swinging during some of the later exhibition games. It just hasn’t carried over. Oh well, we all know the rule. You have to wait 100 at-bats before getting any revealing judgments.
It would be nice to see Coco get it going and be able to use those legs to the team’s advantage.
Dice-K back to the hill tomorrow night. This is by far the best lineup he’s faced to date. Let’s see what happens against the Hurt and Vernon Wells.
I’ll talk to you later.
Happy Marathon Day, and happy birthday to my lovely wife on Tuesday.