In two days the wait is finally over. It is time for the Ranch to wake up and for spring training to begin. Usually the boys do not have to arrive til right before the call date, this year it is the 20th of February but word coming through is that a lot of the boys have arrived early.
Many of then departed after Soxfest to make their way out west. stopping along the way to take care of those last-minute details before returning to work. Jose Abreu we think was the first to arrived on the 4th of February. What does that say?
For those of the sorority that were able to attend Soxfest said that there was a really great vibe in the room, there was something different this year. The chemistry was different and everyone was excited. I did see a tweet today that said that on the 40 roster, 20 of them were new players.
Pitchers and Catchers officially report on the 20th of February with the full team to be activated on the 24th of February. Wednesday March 4th is the first spring game against the Dodgers.
Will be interesting to watch and see how everyone settles in and new friendships are formed. That connection between pitcher and catcher, the infield working on timing to turn those double plays.
Fingers crossed that everyone is healthy and we can make it with out major injuries, and if that can happen. Things fall into place, you had better look out because this title is up for grabs.
Go ahead, you want to count us out, fine, do it but I can promise you, we are coming for what we is ours.
Some of the articles that have come out of late are interesting. That the Sox will only finish four games better this year then last year. That really is annoying with all the great moves over the winter that Rick, Robin and the team made.
The biggest problem from last year was the bullpen. When Nate and Matt Lindstrom both got hurt it threw everything into disarray. There were so many games that we had won but in the end it was the bullpen that blew the game. In the same token, I do have to also give the defense some of the blame for not backing up and protecting the lead.
Here we are now, with Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson and Dan Jennings along with a strong staff this year, I cant wait. I am a pitchers girl and can’t wait to see how good the combinations are.
With Jose Abreu coming off a stunning rookie year, I have a feeling that it will just continue, and having Adam La Roche to help at first base, Jose can have a bit of a rest on occasion to be fresh for the end of season run. Melky Cabrera joining Avisail Garcia and Adam Eaton in the outfield, we have gone from strength to strength.
Gordon Beckham has returned which we are thrilled about, Dayan Viciedo was put on wavers but he was not picked up by anyone and has been let go. I really do hope that he can find a new home. He is a good ball player but he needs a little help finding that spark that he needs to be totally amazing
The baseball gods and Jerry’s wallet have been amazing and I cant wait to see where we go. Everyone who thinks we wont be in there come October had better watch out, this year its anyone’s division, and we are coming to claim it.