Spring Is Just Around The Corner
It's true. Spring will be here before we know it! I know we still have a long and cold winter to endure (I LOVE the snow), but the annual exodus to Florida by players and fans alike will begin two weeks early. Because of the trip to Japan that will start the Boston Red Sox 2008 season, pitchers and catchers will report to Fort Myers on Valentine's Day, February 14th. The full squad is due there by the 20th. The Sox will head off to Red Sox International, Japan for two exhibition games, then the first two regular season games against the Oakland A's. Those first two games of the 2008 season will be on March 25th and 26th. After that, it's back to the left coast for three exhibition games with Red Sox west, the Los Angeles Dodgers. April Fool's Day will usher in game three of the regular season, against the A's, and by then the Sox will have become accustomed to the time changes. Jetting through time zones takes its toll on bodies and on minds, so I think the front office is doing this correctly to minimize any after effects once the season resumes on the mainland.
Click on the title of this post for the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman's Sox notebook, with tidbits of information about everything. It's title? "WANTED:SANTANA." Here's a taste...
"The Red Sox are actively engaged in trade talks with the Minnesota Twins about Johan Santana and plan to aggressively pursue the two-time Cy Young Award winner, a baseball source said yesterday.
However, finding the right blend of prospects and major league talent that will satisfy the Twins and not deforest the Red Sox farm system, then working out a five- or six-year contract extension for Santana in the neighborhood of $120 million-$150 million, remains a tall order."
So click on the title, and enjoy your Wednesday hump day. The winter meetings start next week, and the news will come fast and furious, so buckle your seat belts, hold on and get ready for the ride! I'll be here to write about whatever happens. AND IT WILL!