July 2007

Parachuting back in

Yes, there were parachuters on the Fenway sod today, one of which came softly landing in with an American flag during the National Anthem.

Anyway, I’ve also parachuted my way back in in much less dramatic fashion after a couple of days off. It doesn’t seem like Julio Lugo solved his problems during my brief absence. Boy was that caught stealing ugly last night. Manager Terry Francona said that he had a chat with Lugo this morning about the play, and again reiterated that it was the sign of a struggling player trying to do too much.

Tito also said that Lugo thought the ball was foul. Strange stuff indeed. Anyway, Cora is again at shortstop, though it sounds like Lugo’s three-game sabbatical from the lineup will end Monday night.

Coco Crisp won’t go on the DL today, but Francona intimated that it might still happen, calling it "a tough decision". We’ll get another look at Ellsbury today, who was clocked at 3.9 by bench coach Brad Mills last night.

The highlight of the morning manager’s session was this gem. Francona was asked his first impressions of Pedroia when he got to know him in the spring of 2006. "My first impressions? He walked into the clubhouse carrying a McDonald’s bag about seven days in a row. It was like, ‘we need to talk to this kid’. We did and he really picked it up. We told him he needed him to work hard because we wanted him to play second base this year. And he went and worked his rear end off. Good for him. He’s a pretty coachable kid."

It’s All-Star selection day baby. We’ll be back for a blog about that later in the day.

Until then, enjoy your Sunday afternoon. Julian is chucking and that usually provides some entertainment.