Yesterday, someone I follow tweeted only half-jokingly that there was worry to be had over the Red Sox under-performing in Spring Training this year. (Before today’s game began, the Sox had 9 wins and 12 losses.) Honestly? I don’t care if they lose every game from here on out before April 4th. Save it for when it counts. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that Clay Buchholz’ 10+ era makes me less than happy. Still, come April 4th, no one will care about what happened in Spring Training and we’ll just be focused on what’s going to happen all summer.
Having written all that, it pleased the heck out of me that Josh Beckett pitched so well today against the Pirates (9 strikeouts in five innings). Now let’s finish up these games and start the damn season.
As you can see, there are some changes here. I’ve agonized over this for a few weeks and finally came up with something I like. Which means, I know, that there will be many who don’t like it and to you all I apologize but I’m hard enough to please (when it comes to things like this anyway) so there’s no way I’m pleasing everyone. I feel like, finally, I have the blog the way I want it (and I finally found a use for that Green Monster photo I took that I like so much!).
You might have noticed that I have a Formspring widget added to the sidebar. A lot of people have been asking about doing something like it and since I have the time right now I figured I’d give it a shot. You don’t need to sign up for anything, just type in the question and send it anonymously (and it truly is anonymous) and, when I think of it, I’ll answer the questions. You can find the first batch of questions (and my responses) here. I’m a little behind in answering questions but I should be getting on track soon.
I got my first pair of Sox tickets in hand today (special thanks to Red Sox Hen who won them in a raffle and passed them along to me) and it really got me excited about this upcoming season. So far, I’ll be at 6 games this season (two, Opening Day and the last game of the season are invites, one is the raffle game and the other three are singles I’ve purchased myself). I’m sure that number will, eventually, balloon but for now I’m taking it a little slow.
And finally, checking in on old friend Javier Lopez, we get some good news out of the Pirates camp: Javi’s wife had their first child, a daughter named Kylan Gabrielle, born last Friday. (Thanks to KellyO for passing along the info as I wasn’t listening to today’s game.) It’s always nice to hear good news. Congrats to Javi and the missus on their new addition. Here’s hoping she never becomes a Yankees fan.