Thursday, April 24, 2014
TAMPA — Waiting for Jet Blue to start boarding. On my way back to Maine. Hope you’ve enjoyed the stories from spring training. In case you missed them, we wrote about:
Ryan Flaherty, Felix Doubront, Brandon Workman, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brian Butterfield and Christian Vazquez.
And we looked at how the Red Sox are trying to go back to their old way to recapture their championship magic.
But there were lots of notes passed on, many of them containing constant updates on the rise of Mr. Bradley.
There are still more stories to come this week, including looks at new first base coach (and former Sea Dogs manager) Arnie Beyeler, and pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, looking to rebound from last year.
This weekend we’ll start looking at the Red Sox opener in the Bronx. And, in the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on Fort Myers as the Sea Dogs roster gets finalized.
Want to begin making out your lineup card? I would use pencil for now but, if I can offer a guess, it will look like this:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jonny Gomes, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF
David Ross, C*
Jose Iglesias, SS
(*or Jarrod Saltalamacchia)
SEA DOGS (now I’m really guessing)
Peter Hissey, CF
Shannon Wilkerson, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Travis Shaw, 1B
Brandon Jacobs, LF
Michael Almanzar, 3B
Kolbrin Vitek, DH
Christian Vazquez, C
Heiker Meneses, 2B
Stay tuned. And thanks for reading.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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