To me, anybody who lives in a cold weather climate looks forward to any sign of spring. If you're a little bit more southern, it might be the first robin. But up here, when you see that truck marked Boston Red Sox and you allow yourself to still feel like you did when you were 10 years old and you know that in a couple of days you're going to see pitchers and catchers throwing under blue skies and on green grass and with golden dirt. ...Truck photos here and here. The Globe has shots of Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon and Josh Beckett, who all threw today in Fort Myers. Also in camp is 23-year-old catcher George Kottaras (from nearby Scarborough, Ontario!).
For the 10-year-olds and for those who used to be 10 years old, this is a big day. It's a legitimately big day, because it lifts your spirit.
Papelbon also shared his duck recipe with Amalie Benjamin -- something to try on the grill this summer before one of his starts, perhaps. Benjamin has posted two reports to Extra Bases.
It's a game of numbers: Lester will wear #31 this year, Manny Delcarmen switched to #17, and Kyle Snyder is now #39. On MLB's roster page, J.D. Drew has been assigned Nixon's #7.