Could there be an omen?
The Red Sox have just won their second consecutive Mayor’s Cup championship, ousting the Twins, 3-2, in th best-of-five Spring Training series. In a season in which the Red Sox want to repeat something a lot more loftier, perhaps this is a sign of things to come! OK, I’m not really serious about the Mayor’s Cup having anything to do with the Red Sox trying to repeat, but the Mayor’s Cup does make for light-hearted comedy during the dog days of Spring Training.
Former Sox PR assistant Peter Chase — now the head honcho with the Cubs — was always a Mayor’s Cup buff during his days as a research maven with the Sox. Chase always had every nugget covered when it came to the Cup. So I couldn’t resist e-mailing Chase today to tell him the Sox were closing in on another Crown. Here was Peter’s response.
"Please keep me posted! If the Sox pull this one out, please pass
along my immediate congratulations to Tito. I think this might be the first
back-to-back titles in Sox history, or the first in a real long time, anyway!"
In other news, Manny Ramirez held a rare one-on-one interview today, inviting MLB.com free-lancer Maureen Mullen to his locker for a lengthy chat. Great stuff by Manny and Maureen in this story.
Bartolo Colon makes his first start on Thursday. That will be fun to watch.
Looks like Julio Lugo will return to the lineup on Thursday; Coco is still in limbo. Nothing definitive on Beckett yet, though it’s clear as day there’s not much of a shot of him pitching in Tokyo.