Coco wants to play; Manny arrives
With the complex mostly empty, Manny Ramirez took his first steps of Spring Training mid-Wednesday afternoon, dropping off his belongings and then leaving. I’m sure Manny will be the big story tomorrow. He just has that kind of star power.
A day after Jacoby Ellsbury addressed the media, it was Coco Crisp’s turn to speak this morning. My man Mike Petraglia was on the scene and his story is live on redsox.com.
The gist of it is that if Coco isn’t the starting center fielder,that he will ask for a trade.
"I want to play everyday," Crisp said. "I
think everybody wants to play everyday. If you don’t, I think there’s something
wrong with you. I don’t want to sit on the bench. I can cheerlead with the best
of them, but that’s not where I want to be, though."
Interestingly, Coco put on 14 pound of muscle, hoping to add a little more thump to his game.
David Ortiz held his first mass media gathering following the workout and made a strong recommendation that the Red Sox bring back Manny Ramirez beyond this season.
In other news, Terry Francona revealed the pitching alignment for the first few exhibition games. Beckett pitches against Boston College on Feb. 28. Justin Masterson will get the ball in the second college game that day against Northeastern. Dice-K against the Twins on the 29th. Jon Lester pitches on March 1 vs. Minnesota. And Tim Wakefield completes the three-game set against the Twins on Sunday, March 2.