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.