First official workout

Today, the 2008 Red Sox — at least the pitchers and catchers — took the field as one for the first time.  After the workout,  captain and catcher Jason Varitek held his state of camp address with the media. His backup Doug Mirabelli held court earlier this morning.

PR maven John Blake predicts that the ace — No. 19 Josh Beckett — might provide us with some words on Sunday. Thus far, Beckett has only spoken with Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald.

For those of you who can’t get enough of this, I’m sure you tuned into NESN today from 10 a.m. to noon. It might have been the first time a spring training workout has ever been televised. Dan Shaughnessy wrote a humorous satirical take on it in today’s Boston Globe. There will be more live coverage from NESN, beginning on Wednesday.

Everyone is still waiting breathlessly for No. 38 Curt Schilling to hold his first media gathering since word broke of his injury more than a week ago. Schill declined comment today.

His wife Shonda later came into the complex on crutches. I’m not sure what happened there. *****UPDATE. Intrepid MLB.com scribe Mike Petraglia has informed me that Shonda stepped on some glass at their Spring Training home. Sounds painful. We wish Shonda all the best in her recovery.

Group 1 was must-watch for those roaming the grounds of the Minor League complex. That’s where Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka and Wakefield aired it out in side sessions.

Speaking of Matsuzaka, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell informed the Japanese media that Dice-K will make his exhibition season opener on Feb. 29 — Leap Day — against the Twins on the other side of Fort Myers.

later,

Ian.

6 Comments

rsf015: I didn’t realize that there was an incident, I was showing relief that Spring Training is FINALLY HERE!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!

O.K.

Baseball fever is catching me and so is the ticket hunting. Speaking of that, has anyone tried to purchase tickets here on redsox.com ticket service lately ? Man !! It’s always either: ” we’re sorry, we were unable to process your request due to high transaction volumes. Please try again ”

or : ” it seems that the tickets are temporarily unavailable ”

What a man has to do to get Red Sox tickets at reasonable price around here ? Buy those in December ? Last year i got mine in March on the web from a broker at 72.00$ a piece ( including S&H ) in the bleachers for a game vs Tampa Bay in the middle of the week in July. The keywords here are : “bleachers”, Tampa Bay” and “middle of the week”. Face value : 22.00$ ! Tickets are really overpriced on these sites. And they were the cheapest we found. And the way things are going right now, it seems that we’ll have to pay about 110.00$ a piece for some outfield grandstands tickets this year. Oh well, i guess they worth it.

Had to get it out of my chest. I feel better now. :-)

These last couple of weeks seem to have gone very slowly. Or is that just me?

rsox – have you tried logging in for tickets at about 3am? :-)

Happy Spring Training, everybody!!
It’s going to be another great year. I’m sure glad to have this place to come and hang out with some Sox fans. I appreciate all you folks. GO SOX!!!

No i haven’t, apd. Thanks for the tip. In fact, i might try it tonight :-)

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