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Report from the Fort – Congrats to Josh Fields

Today is my last day in Ft. Myers, and just the way the schedule works, I’ll be able to watch the Sea Dogs at 1 PM and the Red Sox at 7:05.  I’m hoping to have video footage of John Farrell announcing the final roster.

Thanks to Robert Ford, the voice of the Houston Astros for passing this information to me earlier. Former Sea Dog Josh Fields has made the Astros. Fields was not protected by the Red Sox last season and claimed by Houston in the MLB Phase of the Rule 5 draft. If Fields did not make the Opening Day roster, he would have returned to Boston. Also, Houston could have kept him longer if he was placed on the disabled list – something similar to what Boston did with OF Adam Stern a few years ago.

Josh Fields in the Future's at Fenway Game...Little did he know back then - his future would be in Houston. (Jillian Souza Photography)

Josh Fields in the Future’s at Fenway Game…Little did he know back then – his future would be in Houston. (Jillian Souza Photography)











With final roster cuts expected to be announced later today – Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ryan Pressly could join Fields in the Major Leagues…All three played in Portland last season.

I’ll have updates throughout the afternoon as the Sea Dogs battle the Rock Cats in exhibition action…Anthony Ranaudo is expected to start for Portland.

  • Tickets are available for Opening Day (April 4) vs. Trenton on
  • Former Sea Dog Stolmy Pimentel had a great camp with the Pirates and will start the season in Double-A Altoona.
  • Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich will make a guest appearance at Hadlock Field on May 8th.
  • Former Sox lefty Erik Bedard has won a rotation spot with the Houston Astros…Bedard was traded to Boston in a 3-team trade that involved former Sea Dogs Chih-Hsien Chiang, Tim Federowicz and Stephen Fife…Former Harrisburg Senator Brad Peacock is also in the Astros’ rotation – he was recently traded for former Sea Dog Jed Lowrie.

I’ll have more later!

Check out all the photos from Spring Training 2013 on our Facebook Page

Great banner outside the Red Sox clubhouse

Great banner outside the Red Sox clubhouse


Spring Training sights and sounds…Best athletes turned actors

With Spring Training games right around the corner, the Red Sox continue their full squad workouts at the beautiful JetBlue Park.

Red Sox open up exhibition schedule on March 3...Sea Dogs start Spring Training games on March 14 vs. New Britain

The media coverage in Ft. Myers has been unreal, and I would like to thank everyone who has covered this team, providing us with some unbelievable interviews and pictures.  Below is a few links you should check out.  I love technology!

Enjoy the audio, video and photo links below…They involve former Sea Dogs

Wow, that didn’t take long…Injuries already piling up

  1. I was the broadcaster in Erie during the 2004 season, and loved watching Joel Zumaya pitch…tough to see him out for the season.  I thought that was a great pickup for the Twins.
  2. Speaking of closers, Chris Perez of the Indians is out 4 to 6 weeks with an oblique strain.
  3. From Matt Snyder of CBS Cardinals utility man extraordinaire Allen Craig is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, reports “
  4. Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson returned to the field on Sunday in Florida, marking the first time he’s suited up since suffering a concussion in a car accident Monday.

Meet the 2012 Sea Dogs on April 3 at the Portland Expo

What’s the first thing you think of when you here Welcome Back?  For me, it’s Welcome Back Kotter, anyone else?  Can’t help but think of those great TV shows from my childhood.  But to serious matters, on April 3rd at the Portland Expo the Sea Dogs will hold their annual Welcome Back dinner in conjunction with Youth Alternatives Ingraham.  This is your chance to get autographs, photos and maybe some hitting tips from my favorite players.

With the Grammy’s on Sunday night, here’s my Top 1o list of Athletes Turned Actors.

  1. Jim Brown – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965.
  2. Carl Weathers – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Oakland Raiders & the British Columbia Lions from 1970-1974.
  3. Chuck Connors – Pro Sports Career: Played baseball for the Chicago Cubs & Brooklyn Dodgers from 1949 to 1951. Connors also played basketball for the Boson Celtics from 1946-1948.
  4. Fred Dryer – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the New York Giants & Los Angeles Rams from 1969-1981.
  5. Merlin Olsen – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Los Angeles Rams from 1962-1976 and was known as one of the “The Fearsome Foursome”.
  6. Alex Karras – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 & 1964-1970

    Ray Allen and Denzel Washington in He Got Game

  7. Bob Uecker – Pro Sports Career: Played Baseball with Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies & Atlanta Braves from 1962-1967
  8. Rick Fox – Pro Sports Career: Played Basketball with Boston Celtics & Las Angeles Lakers from 1991 to 2004.
  9. Terry Bradshaw – Pro Sports Career: NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Stealers
  10. Ray Allen- Pro Sports Career…Hey, I’m from Boston, I loved He’s Got Game

Have a great start to the week…Can’t wait to watch baseball again.  Seems like the off-season was quick, yet long.  Does that make any sense?