There's nothing like seeing young, strong men in uniform. (Ummm, did I just write that?) Well, it was great to see Lester take the mound at JBP this week. The coaching staff thought it would be good to take more time with him and our starters after a long October. We'll take a shortened spring and a long October any day of the week. He looked commanding from strike one. Another great sign coming out of Fenway South.
Let's focus on pitchers this week. Although my business card may say "Front Office Insider," my fine print in my job description reads that I must introduce Red Sox Nation to some of our new members of the Red Sox pitching staff. Today's featured newbie is Chris Capuano. Hard not to like this guy - from the 413 area code, grew up a Sox fanatic, wears his socks high, mows down opposing batters as a lefty and he went to Duke (I guess 5 out of 6 ain't bad). This guy has all the tools. Literally. No, I'm serious. He brought tools with him to Spring Training. Take a look at this shot – he took it upon himself to make a few, physical adjustments to his locker. Perhaps he didn't like the feng shui, perhaps he thought the cabinets were annoying. Regardless, he channeled his inner Bob Vila and did it himself. Just another reason why he's a far superior human being. However, I think I can type faster than he can. So there.
Looking ahead the Red Sox St. Paddy's Day is game is just 5 days away. St. Paddy's Day reminds me of August when I was in elementary school. Once August hit, you knew school was coming. Same for St. Paddy's Day. Once you see our boys in green take the field and eat a fresh bowl of Lucky Charms, you know Opening Day and the regular season is just a sunflower seed spit away. Let me insert a shameless reminder to buy your tickets now. There are some great Sox Saver games early in the season which you should check out here.
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That's it for this week.
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