Game 2, and some fun with Ortiz
They will play baseball tonight, it appears. Scheduled first pitch for Brad Penny in the nightcap is 7:55 p.m.
Mike Lowell gets his first game off of the year tonight. Jeff Bailey is batting eighth and playing first. The rest of the lineup is all the regulars.
The bullpen didn’t pitch at all in Game 1 and there is a day off tomorrow, so this is about as well as you can be set up for the second game of a doubleheader.
David Ortiz was in a jovial mood in between games. And why not? He is hitting, and so are the Red Sox.
“We play good at home, dog. Everybody is in a good mood. Everybody is locked in right now,” Ortiz said.
Is Papi purposely trying to hit the ball to left field?
“I don’t know, man. I’m just swinging, just in case I hit it.”
What does Ortiz do during a rain delay? For starters, he listens to the rants of his most talkative — and smallest — teammate.
“Just hang around and chill,” said Ortiz. “I was pretty much on my computer and watching the guys talk trash. Pedey screaming. Longest three hours ever when you’ve got that little man screaming. Just hanging out and making sure we’ll be ready for the next game.”
Ortiz fully supports Kevin Youkilis being on the All-Star ballot at first base instead of him. IN fact, Ortiz might have had some input in the decision.
“We talk about it, we talk about it,” Ortiz said .”He’s the guy that plays out there. They always come to me because I’m out here longer. This is like the Army. The guy who has the longer time, that’s the guy who has the first choice. But I have no problem with that. He deserves it, man. He’s been a hell of a player since he’s been there.”
Ortiz knows he hasn’t gone deep yet this season. He’s also not worried about it.
“Hitting my first homer, I don’t want to let that get in my head because it will just make it worse. At some point, one is going to come, and then the next one and then the next one. Next thing you know, you’re right there with everybody. That’s something that you can’t really control. You just have to keep on playing and swinging, make things happen. That’s one part of the game that I tell you, us as players have control over it, and we don’t. We really don’t. You know? That’s how it goes.”