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Day 5 in Ft. Myers…Afternoon Report

Final Score just in…Sea Dogs 6-2 over Montgomery (Rays affiliate) in Double-A exhibition action.

Boston Globe legend Dan Shaugnessy

Today was one of those days I’ll be talking about for a while.  After batting practice I was able to chat with Adrian Gonzalez and Bobby Valentine.  Gonzalez recalled his days in Portland and Valentine actually remembered me from interviewing him at the Hot Stove Dinner.  You never know, he’s met so many people.

Bobby Valentine addressing the media. That's not Josh Beckett in the background.

There was plenty of drama before batting practice, as SS Jose Iglesias was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, making Mike Avilies the likely Opening Day starter.  I talked to a few scouts today that said Iglesias is not ready to hit in the Major Leagues, and there’s no reason to hurt his development.  With that being said, maybe we’ll the former Sea Dog down the road.

The great thing about working in professional baseball is the people you meet.  First-Base coach Alex Ochoa spent the first couple of months in Portland during Iglesias’ professional debut.  Both Red Sox Assistant Trainers (Masai Takahashi & Brad Pearson) worked in Portland.

I stayed back at the Red Sox Minor League complex to take some photos, and interview some former Sea Dogs.  There is so much randomness that happens in life, and today certainly was random.  I had lunch in the media room with Boston Globe legend Dan Shaugnessy and was on the air with Bob Lobel two hours later – very cool.

During the middle innings, I spent some time in the Red Sox control room, watching how they work.  Thanks to Abbey Thelin of Red Sox TV Productions, for making it happen.

State of the art control room at JetBlue Park at Fenway South.

Tomorrow will be my last day in Fort Myers, and I’m hoping to watch some of the Sea Dogs and PawSox at JetBlue Park.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this being here.  It never gets old.  My job is amazing, and I’m so lucky to work for the Sea Dogs.  First class in so many ways.

Have a great night!

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Yes, I got to interview Bobby Valentine

Greetings Sea Dogs’ fans!  I can’t believe that pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in less than three weeks.   This season will be my 16th in professional baseball, and I feel like the off-season goes by quicker every season.  I can’t go any further in this blog without thanking everyone who supported my blog in 2011.  Thanks to all you, my blog ranked in the top 100, and that credit goes to all of you.  I appreciate it so much.

So it’s Monday morning after the Patriots win, and I’m still on a high after that victory.  I can’t believe how emotional I get with football.  I was literally shaking during the game on Sunday, and in the end, the Patriots didn’t break our hearts.  It’s been so much fun watching this dynasty.

Interviewing Bobby Valentine (courtesy of Portland Sea Dogs)

The official start of my season began on January 13th when I got to host the annual Sea Dogs’ Hot Stove Dinner.  Here’s the link to watch all four interviews, which includes Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

My reading suggestions

1. Liz Riley’s promotions blog

2. 2012 Coaching Staff announced – new trainer

3. Order the Tony C Story

I know host a weekly talkshow on 96.3 FM in Portland, Maine.  The show airs every Saturday from 8 AM-12 PM, and you can listen online at  My e-mail address is

Enjoy your week!