Camp is getting full
Monday is the official reporting date for position players, but almost everyone had rolled in by this morning. The MVP — Dustin Pedroia — headlined today’s newcomers, which also included David Ortiz and a noticeably stronger Jacoby Ellsbury. Word is that Julio Lugo arrived right after media access was closed for the morning.
That leaves Mike Lowell and Jason Bay as the only members of the starting nine who haven’t been spotted on the premises.
Pedroia is clearly hungry to erase the sour taste of Game 7 at The Trop:
game away from the World Series. If that doesn’t motivate you, you need to pick
a new profession. I think everybody is motivated this year,” Pedroia said.
Ellsbury hung out with Pedroia a lot this winter at the Athletes Perfomance Institute in Tempe, Ariz.
lot of guys have had success training over there and I wanted to go down there,” said Ellsbury.
“Me being up in Oregon, you get the good weather down there, that’s a big part
of it. Do some baseball stuff, hit on the field, throw, be around a lot of big
league guys and that was fun. it was a good atmosphere to be in.”
As for Jacoby’s improved physique?
biggest thing I would say is just to be out there every single day, knowing that
the team can count on me to be healthy,” Ellsbury said. “You obviously can’t prepare for some
things, but I just prepare my body to be out there every single day and help
The ace — No. 19 Josh Beckett — is expected to hold his first media briefing after the workout.