It was 55 and sunny today in Portland, Oregon. I went to the track in my continuing and equally pointless efforts to improve my physical well-being. Once there I saw a great sight. A father and son, must have been four or five, were playing catch. They each had baseball hats on and they were throwing the ball back and forth the whole time I was there. I know the east coast is buried under several feet of snow and freezing icy slush, but baseball season is coming, folks. In fact, in some smaller parts of the world, its already here.
Speaking of baseball coming, NESN has released the list of Red Sox spring training games they’re planning to televise. The lead game is the March 4th evening game in Tampa against the Yankees, a game that will be attended by yours truly. I’ll be the guy dressed in twelve different Red Sox related clothes, covered in beer, being wrestled out of the park by Yankees security. ‘S OK though because I’ll be at the next day’s game in Fort Myers against the Marlins too. In addition to those two, eleven more will be on your telly throughout the month of March if you get the NESN.
The Beacon’s own Sully tries to steal my thunder over at Baseball Analysts by posting a links column. Though I have to say, as a links expert, he’s done well. Still, <cue whining> I thought I was the links guy! Well, actually, no, I’m not the links guy, Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra is the links guy, and don’t I forget it. But the multi-talented Calcaterra isn’t only a links guy, he’s also a reporter guy. He has a source “close to Andy Pettitte” who says the pitcher will almost certainly pitch for the Yankees in 2011. And, honestly, were you expecting any different? Still, you should be prepared for Pettitte’s eventual return to close the Cashman gap between the two teams.
Keith Law of ESPN has released his top 100 prospects list and there are three Red Sox on it. Jose Inglesias (45), Anthony Ranaudo (54), and Drake Britton (90) are the only three to make Mr. Law’s list. The linked post has a list of Mr. Law’s top ten Red Sox prospects as well. I have a hunch the list will look very different a year from now. Also, according to MLB Trade Rumors, former Red Sox Casey Kelly is in the top 25.
ESPN’s Rob Neyer has a post on a book which purports to explain the secrets of home field advantage. My explanation: airplane food and hotel pillows aren’t the way to bring out the best in anyone.
Finally, reading Rob Bradford’s account of Dustin Pedroia’s injury rehab helps me understand why the Red Sox didn’t trade either Marco Scutaro or Jed Lowrie.