Friday, December 13, 2013
Interesting contrast in the Sea Dogs clubhouse Tuesday. On the TV was a replay of Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez jogging after a ball that he accidentally kicked into the outfield, while runners are racing around the bases (Ramirez claims he was injured). And then there was the visit by major league outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Ellsbury, one of the more grounded stars you will find in Boston, was his polite, hustling self in Portland. If the Red Sox determine that he needs more time, hopefully his rehab will continue in Portland later this week.
Meanwhile, Mike Cameron is supposed to make an appearance with the Sea Dogs today, but the forecast is not favorable (rain and more rain). We will keep you in touch on that one.
As for Ramirez, the former Sea Dogs shortstop, he was benched by Marlins skipper and former Sea Dogs manager Fredi Gonzalez, who referred to 24 other guys "busting their butt" for the team.
Ramirez's response? He questioned if his 24 teammates "can do the same things I do." Referring to Gonzalez, Ramirez said "it's his team. He does whatever he (expletive) wants ... It's brutal ... (Gonzalez) "doesn't understand" (playing in pain, because) "he's never played in the big leagues."
In the minors Tuesday, Pawtucket starter Kris Johnson (5.03) continues to rebound. He threw six innings (6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) ... Both Bubba Bell (.283) and Aaron Bates (.254) homered.
Ellsbury was not the only popular lefty in Portland. Starter Felix Doubront (4-0, 2.51) pitched seven scoreless innings and appears closer and closer to Triple-A.
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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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