As the Red Sox wrap up their first half at Fenway against the Orioles — perhaps even moving back into first place in the process — I am here at Yankee Stadium covering the Futures Game. Call it a little warmup act for all the festivities of tomorrow, where all seven Red Sox All-Stars hold media availability at a Manhattan hotel. In the morning, Terry Francona will announce his starting lineup and his starting pitcher. Cliff Lee would seem like the favorite, but you could make a very compelling argument for Roy Halladay.
Tino Martinez — who made himself more than a few memories in this here ballpark –managed the World squad. The Red Sox have just one prospect in the game this year — outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin. Not to put unfair expectations on the kid, but he has a game similar to Jacoby Ellsbury‘s without the patient hitting approach. Lin is lightning-fast and a terrific outfielder. He’s playing center field for the Greenville Drive and will leave in about a month to represent Taiwan in the Olympics.
Offensively, he is a work in progress. But he’s actually a rare Red Sox prospect who is a little under the radar. Oh, and by the way, he wound up belting a two-run homer in his first at-bat today.
Last year at this time, the Sox had Ellsbury and Buchholz in the Futures Game. The future, in that case, was about a month away. Lin will take a little more time, but he seems like a composed kid. And judging by today, the stage does not bother him.