Annnnnnd….baseball is officially back!!!!
While BC threatened by tacking the first run up on the board, the Sox came back strong in the 5th. (Complete Red Sox box score to this afternoon’s game can be found below).
Also good to see that Beckett went 2 innings without giving up a hit or a run and also had 2 strikeouts.
Clay Buchholz followed Beckett and threw 1 inning without giving up a hit or a run, while recording 1 strikeout.
Also impressing today was shortstop prospect Yamaico Navarro who went 2 for 2 with a homerun and 2 RBI. According to Baseball America, Navarro is the #10 prospect in the Red Sox organization, and the 6th overall position player in the Sox system. And according to my good Front Office co-worker Jon (who worked at the Spinners when Yamaico was with them) Navarro is a fun and exciting player to watch.
From Our Media Guide…which will soon be on sale through Red Sox Publications – firstname.lastname@example.org!
HT: 5’11”; WT: 170; BATS: Right; THROWS: Right; BORN: 10/31/1987 in San Pedro de Macoris, DR;
RESIDES: San Pedro de Macoris, DR
ACQUIRED: Signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent, 9/23/2005
2008: Combined to set career highs with a .304 (154-for-506) average, 11 homers and 77 RBI in 125 games split between Single-A Greenville and Single-A Lancaster…ranked among Red Sox minor leaguers in hits (T2nd, 154), games (4th, 125), RBI (6th, 77), triples (T6th, 6), average (8th, .304), runs (9th, 79) and (T10th, 27)…played in 83 games with Greenville and earned South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star honors, finishing 4th on the team with a .280 (91-for-325) average (min. 100 at-bats)…tied for the team lead with 54 RBI…played 21 games at shortstop and 4 at second base in April and was named that month’s Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month…reached base in 19 straight games from May 24-June 14, hitting .329 (26-for-79) during the stretch…named South Atlantic League Player of the Week for June 2-8 after hitting .429 (12-for-28) with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored…earned a promotion to Lancaster on July 14 and hit .348 (63-for-181) in 42 games with 4 home runs and 23 RBI…hit .395 (32-for-81) during a 18-game hit streak from July 21-August 9…recorded his first career 5-hit game on August 2 vs. Rancho Cucamonga with a career-high 3 doubles…named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Month for August/September after posting a .389 (44-for-113) average with 2 homers, 15 RBI and 22 runs scored in 27 games…led Lancaster with 11 hits and 10 runs in 9 playoff games…hit a game-tying RBI single in the 9th inning of Game 2 in California League semifinal series…Lancaster won in the 10th…drove in the winning run in the 8th inning of Game 5 of the California League semifinal series…hit .207 (18-for-87) with one home run and 11 RBI in 22 games for Hawaii Winter Baseball’s North Shore Honu club…after the season, ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 prospect and No. 6 position player in the Red Sox farm system…
Now it’s still WAY to early to be ablet to tell anything based on these outings, but I think it’s just exciting that the team is out there and playing ball again.
Don’t forget to watch Wakefield and the Sox take on the Twins tonight!
All the best from the Front Office,
“The Voice of the Nation”
Box score courtesy MLB.com below!
I know I’m WAY late on a post about Spring Training, but my co-workers down south have been pretty busy. But anyhow…below are a few shots from the Fort.
Also, I heard that the sons of David Ortiz and Julio Lugo were following them around on Photo Day and Conditioning drills respectively. This made for and endless number of “awww…how cute” moments, according to one of my co-workers that witnessed it.
Another pretty cool story…one of my Front Office co-workers met a guy who was there trying to get shirt signed by Rocco Baldelli for a little boy suffering from Leukemia. It turns out that the gentleman owned a fish and chips shack in Cumberland, RI which Rocco used to frequent. Rocco remebered him in an instant.
Ok, I’ll try to get you all some more pictures and stories during the rest of Spring Training. Here’s what I have now, courtesy of the very great Cindy Loo!
Cindy Loo/Boston Red Sox
Cindy Loo/Boston Red Sox
Fruitgirl, amarige, The Teacher, and Will…this one’s for you!
THE CAPTAIN HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN SIGNED!!! (look how happy Jason Bay is about all this)
Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox
After a whole winter of waiting and wondering, the Red Sox and Jason Varitek finally agreed on terms of a deal to keep him in a Red Sox uniform for at least the 2009 season.
Now, with that little bit of busines taken care of…I’d be interested to hear each of your grades for each area of the 2009 team so far (beyond your letter grades, I’d be interested to hear what you think the biggest strength and opportunity for each will be):
And…of course, Catcher:
All the best from the Front Office!
“The Voice of the Nation”
Here’s the official release…
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2009
RED SOX SIGN FREE AGENT CATCHER JASON VARITEK TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH OPTION FOR 2010
BOSTON, MA–The Boston Red Sox today announced that the team has signed free agent catcher Jason Varitek to a one-year contract for the 2009 season with dual club and player options for 2010. No further terms were disclosed.
To make room for Varitek on Boston’s 40-man roster, first baseman/outfielder Jeff Bailey was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. He elected for free agency and then re-signed with the club to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Varitek batted .220 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 131 games for the Red Sox in 2008. He was named a reserve to the American League All-Star team, his third career selection.
The 36-year-old made 120 starts behind the plate, logging a .996 fielding percentage, second among qualifying A.L. catchers behind Minnesota’s Joe Mauer (.997). He also ranked third among A.L. backstops in total chances (949) and catchers ERA (3.66) and tied for third in games.
The switch hitter has produced 10 or more home runs in nine of his last 10 major league campaigns beginning in 1999, tied with Carlton Fisk for the most double-digit homer seasons ever by a Red Sox catcher. He belted his 158th career home run while catching on September 15, 2008 at Tampa Bay, passing Fisk for the club’s all-time lead in that category.
A member of the Red Sox organization since a July 31, 1997 trade from the Seattle Mariners, Varitek is the club’s all-time leader with 1,273 games caught. The 2005 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner is one of 44 players in major league history to catch at least 1,000 games for a single franchise, and one of only eight backstops to do so while spending his entire playing career with that club. He is the only catcher in major league history to catch four no-hitters during his career, including Jon Lester’s against Kansas City on May 19, 2008.
He was named the 18th full-time captain in Red Sox history on December 24, 2004 and has compiled a .263 batting average, 161 home runs and 654 RBI in 1,330 career games with Boston. He ranks among the club’s all-time leaders in games (11th), doubles (T11th, 266), home runs (15th), walks (17th, 529) and RBI (17th). The two-time World Series Champion is a veteran of a club-record 63 post-season games. He is tied for second in team history with 11 playoff homers and ranks third with 33 RBI.
Since the off-season signings have come relatively slowly this season, and because there are still a lot of big names out there, I just can’t believe “Truck Day” is already here!
Tomorrow morning, the Red Sox equipment truck will get packed up by our very great clubhouse workers, and as it departs, it will be followed by a 48ft flatbed truck full of Fenway Ambassadors, and Citzens of Red Sox Nation (who were chosen at random earlier this week).
For the first time in Red Sox history, among the boxes loaded on the truck will be one full of emails sent in by fans wishing the team good luck. If you’d like to have your email and well-wishes accompany the truck down to Spring Training, just shoot me an email (email@example.com) by Noon tomorrow (Friday).
All the best from inside the Front Office!
“The Voice of the Nation”