Welcome to the bigs Jeff Bailey
Nice story tonight in Detroit — where I’m not — as Jeff Bailey will put on a Major League uniform for the first time. Bailey, by all accounts, is a great kid. Terry Francona never stopped raving about him the last two springs.
Bailey came up as a catcher but developed throwing yips and was since moved to first base/DH. He’s got some pop in his bat. He’ll probably just be around through the weekend and it gives the team good depth with Youkilis hobbling. Bailey is 28 years old so this first trip to the Major Leagues has to be a thrill.
Ellsbury went back down, but he showed that once he comes back, he could be here for a very long time. That guy can flat out play. What a baserunner. That play where he went from second to home on the wild pitch will be in the 2007 Red Sox highlight tape — you can take that to the bank.
And I’ve hedged on this before, but now I can say it with certainty. Coco Crisp is BACK. They finally have the guy they thought they were getting from Cleveland. He is jumping on fastballs and gives the Red Sox a very solid hitter in the lower part of the order. Also, if this guy doesn’t win a Gold Glove this year, there should be an investigation. I loved that over the shoulder catch he made last night. He’s been a joy to watch out there.
I fly to San Fran for All-Star festivities on Saturday. i’ll talk to you from the Futures Game on Sunday.
Thanks, talk to you then,