I mentioned this last week but I must mention it again. The airlines have done a tremendous thing to make their customers happy – free internet in the airport. I was shocked to hear the internet was free at JFK in New York but now it’s free every where. Now more people will be getting work done or updating their facebook status.
The weather is still a bit cool in Ft. Myers but I have nothing to complain about – sunny skies, cool and no snow, I’ll take that any day.
Well we’ll have to see about that. Earlier this morning, Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 62 pitches in a simulated game at the Red Sox minor league complex. Due to the rain last night and earlier this morning, all minor league games were cancelled but there was a lot going on at the complex.
The rain has been falling in Ft. Myers since last night and the radar shows it could continue all afternoon.
The Red Sox minor leaguers had a camp day on Sunday but all
the levels split up and played intra-squad games. In talking with Mike Hazen (Red Sox Player
Development Director), the camp day is designed to give the players a bit of
break. The games start at 9:30 AM and last
only five innings, enabling most of the players and staff to be home by noon.
Portland played Pawtucket in a 5-inning intra-squad game on
field 3. I’m sure nobody cares what
field it was on but I thought it sounded more official. Former Sea Dog Felix Doubront made the start
for the PawSox against Kyle Weiland. I
was bouncing around between all three games so I didn’t see the entire Sea Dogs
game but I did see two hits from PawSox DH Brett Harper. Harper, who played in the Eastern League with
the Binghamton Mets, had a broken bat single and a homer, picking up 4
RBI. Ryan Kalish also smacked a homer for Pawtucket.
One funny moment came from Catcher Mark Wagner, who
pretended to be mad at Weiland after getting plunked on the back.
I had a chance to chat with Tommy Hottovy who feels very good
after suffering injuries the past few seasons.
He’s pitching a lot, including effective outings in two big league
games. Dustin Richardson told me he’s
changed his delivery a bit, which is helping him get more “life” on his
fastball. Richardson has really
impressed the big league club and could land in that bullpen at some point this
I spent the afternoon at the Major League game and sat with
PawSox radio announcer Steve Hyder. We
watched a fun-filled offensive afternoon from the Red Sox but the Twins had
their fun against Clay Buchholz. Joe
Mauer hit a first-inning, 2-run homer to left field, which he crushed. Bubba Bell struck out in his only at-bat and
Jorge Jimenez played first base.
Before the game I met Jon Rish of the Boston Red Sox Radio
Network. This season I will be providing
interviews for their website – www.soxbooth.com I’m very excited to help them out and I’m
very thankful for the opportunity.
On Monday, I will stay at the Red Sox Minor League complex
and watch the Single-A teams play the Baltimore affiliates. Boof Bonser, Manny Delcarmen and Daisuke Matsuzaka
will all pitch in the minor league games.
Check our Facebook Page to see photos from the day and all my coverage
of Spring Training 2010.
Well, that’s it from the Fort!
Will have an update from this morning’s minor league camp day and my coverage of the big league game. I was having trouble filing my blog from the ballpark.
I wanted to write a short entry before I head over to the Red Sox Minor League Complex. Sunday is a camp day and there is a 5-inning game going to take place at 9:30. I’m not sure who’s playing in it but I’ll have updates through Twitter
Okay, I must get a quick jab in to my family and friends back north – it’s sunny, hot and near 80 degrees today. Just a gorgeous day in Ft. Myers where I spent the afternoon at Lee County Complex to watch the Sea Dogs and Pawtucket play exhibition games against the Twins’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates.
I will be heading to the Minnesota Twins minor league complex today to cover the AA and AAA games. Stay tuned for more updates, plus, check our twitter, facebook and new for 2010 our Lexy.com pages. Lexy is an audio service, which I will provide a Sea Dogs report.
The bad economy must be hampering wireless internet sales for airports. I’m sitting at JFK in New York, awaiting a connecting flight to Ft. Myers, and I’m using free wireless. The only reason I found this out was from the guy sitting next to me.