Truck Day Fort Myers

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In an effort to warm up the folks freezing their asses off, I bring you a harbinger of spring.
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Weather forecast is for -17 tonight in NH, and that is without considering the windchill. It is a mitzvah that you posted the photos. See you Opening Day.
 

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For whatever reason, the older I get, the greater the significance Truck Day seems to take on. Thanks for performing this service.
 

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I was looking earlier for the Truck Day thread when it leaves Boston and found nothing. I just assumed we had lost interest in this yearly event.

Glad we have at least acknowledged the arrival in Florida.

On to pitchers and catchers...
 

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I could just imagine BSL directing the truck into parking position with aircraft marshalling wands.
 

Jim Ed Rice in HOF

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Is that box actual Red Socks? It makes me happy.
It looked like an awful big box of red socks. Google turned up this but I'm really hoping they just recycled the box because transporting pillow pets up and down 95 seems inefficient. It could also be Pedroia's bedding in which case all is good.

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Norm Siebern

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I'm nearing retirement. Im thinking the first spring of my retired years will have to include a mid March week long stay in Fort Meyers. Thank you kind Madame.
 

brandonchristensen

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I hate to say it, but this is the least hyped I've been going into a baseball season. I think just because of the Patriots season still providing interesting stuff, and the Peyton stuff continuing as well.

I feel like this side of the board has been dead all winter, too. No intrigue from big signing with Price being signed out of nowhere and no real stories since then.

Anyone else feel like this? I will be excited when they start playing, I'm assuming.
 

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I hate to say it, but this is the least hyped I've been going into a baseball season. I think just because of the Patriots season still providing interesting stuff, and the Peyton stuff continuing as well.

I feel like this side of the board has been dead all winter, too. No intrigue from big signing with Price being signed out of nowhere and no real stories since then.

Anyone else feel like this? I will be excited when they start playing, I'm assuming.
I think it's a product of the changes in the front office. Bye-bye Lucchino and the Dentist, bye-bye the desperate need to keep the team in the headlines every single day of the off-season. Of course, a couple last-place finishes in a row is probably enough to kill the "Monster" that was the team during much of the Lucchino era. And I think with the season going in the tank so soon last year, all of the typical, "will this player bounce back" stuff was hashed and re-hashed and hashed out again before the World Series even started. Other than the new additions, which as you note came early in the off-season, there's not much left to talk about that hasn't been gone over twenty times already.

I think once they start up with live games and we can see Hanley and Panda and JBJ and Castillo perform, the board will come alive again.
 

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In terms of the main Red Sox page here, one part of the reason it's dead is that anything that people discuss that impacts not just the Red Sox but any other teams as well gets shoved over to the MLB board. Like AL East projections, new rules proposals, other teams making big moves, big stories in baseball, none of that gets discussed here anymore. An example: the Yankees getting Chapman, that is a big story that could well impact the Red Sox this year, and will definitely impact our division one way or another, but there's no thread on it on the main board. Another example: the truck day thread, which is entirely only about the Red Sox, is on another board, not the Red Sox board. Not that big of a deal, but I never saw that thread.
 

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I hate to say it, but this is the least hyped I've been going into a baseball season. I think just because of the Patriots season still providing interesting stuff, and the Peyton stuff continuing as well.

I feel like this side of the board has been dead all winter, too. No intrigue from big signing with Price being signed out of nowhere and no real stories since then.

Anyone else feel like this? I will be excited when they start playing, I'm assuming.
I'm pretty excited already. I think the real issue here is one you touched on, in that most of the big moves were made very early on in the off season, so there has been a lot of time to forget. I actually had a co-worker today who suggested that the Sox might be in trouble because they had done nothing to upgrade the rotation, until I reminded him that we got Price. Same with the Kimbrel trade, it just happened a while ago. But another year of X and Mookie and Edro, last chance for JBJ, farewell tour for Ortiz, the riddle of the Panda: I think that there is a lot to be pumped about, and a normal number of story lines.
 

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The Red Sox go'n be the first worst to first to worst to worst to first team ever. Pablo's in his best shape, Hanley is due for a healthy year, the young studs Betts and Bogey continue to at least do their 2015 thing, and the starting 5 can all do better than last year except maybe for the ace, for whom I'll take a repeat of 2015. The BP is definitely better. This team looks loaded to me. Pedroia healthy for 145 games would sure help too.
 

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I hate to say it, but this is the least hyped I've been going into a baseball season. I think just because of the Patriots season still providing interesting stuff, and the Peyton stuff continuing as well.

I feel like this side of the board has been dead all winter, too. No intrigue from big signing with Price being signed out of nowhere and no real stories since then.

Anyone else feel like this? I will be excited when they start playing, I'm assuming.
I'm actually on the opposite side of this, I am super duper excited for this season to start. The second half of last year, even though they never competed for a playoff spot, was a ton of fun, and I can't wait to watch another season of Bogaerts, Betts, and Swihart, not to mention JBJ, a (hopefully healthy) Laser Show, a (hopefully healthy and mashing) Hanley, Ortiz's sendoff, Price being lights out and hopefully helping the other pitchers get better. Not to mention I read in the minor league forum that some people think Benintendi might see a cup of coffee, and guys like Espinoza working their way up. I agree it has been a quiet winter... but I think it is going to be a really fun season.
 

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I love to watch the Sox win but it`s almost equally enjoyable to watch the young guys come up. This year, like last year I`m looking forward to seeing Vazquez behind the plate throwing guys out. JBJ should always be exciting, so watching him develop into a hitter is something else to look forward to. I guess this is kind of like nascar but all the speed in the OF will be exciting if they are overlapping each other. Don`t want to see any Damon-Damien crashes, but it could happen with these guys. The young SPs getting their feet wet will be cool especially Rodriquez. Even Travis Shaw will be interesting. Alot won`t happen but the optimism of a new year and young guys turning into MLers. Even when a Joe Kelly says he`s going to win the Cy Young is cool this time of year. Can I be the 1st to predict 100 wins?
 

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I'm actually on the opposite side of this, I am super duper excited for this season to start. The second half of last year, even though they never competed for a playoff spot, was a ton of fun, and I can't wait to watch another season of Bogaerts, Betts, and Swihart, not to mention JBJ...
This is where I'm at, and I can't wait for the games to start. Add in EdRo, Shaw, Holt, Pawtucket's "post-prospect" pitchers and the Greenville Five, and there's a load of really compelling stories to follow about young players who may (or may not) continue to get better and turn themselves into some of the new stars of baseball. Plus it's the farewell tour for Big Papi.

Now, I don't expect the Sox to dominate the AL East -- the injury/aging/effectiveness questions surrounding Hanley, Panda, and even Pedroia and Buchholz are just too significant to hand-wave aside.

But still, I do expect a fun year. And defensive web gems, definitely.
 

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This season should be a great year. A lot question mark's, but I have plenty of faith in the younger players to produce to their potential.
 

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I'm actually on the opposite side of this, I am super duper excited for this season to start. The second half of last year, even though they never competed for a playoff spot, was a ton of fun, and I can't wait to watch another season of Bogaerts, Betts, and Swihart, not to mention JBJ, a (hopefully healthy) Laser Show, a (hopefully healthy and mashing) Hanley, Ortiz's sendoff, Price being lights out and hopefully helping the other pitchers get better. Not to mention I read in the minor league forum that some people think Benintendi might see a cup of coffee, and guys like Espinoza working their way up. I agree it has been a quiet winter... but I think it is going to be a really fun season.
I'm right there with you. The season cannot get here fast enough. Spring is going to be tough for me since we moved away from Fort Myers.
 

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I'm actually on the opposite side of this, I am super duper excited for this season to start. The second half of last year, even though they never competed for a playoff spot, was a ton of fun, and I can't wait to watch another season of Bogaerts, Betts, and Swihart, not to mention JBJ, a (hopefully healthy) Laser Show, a (hopefully healthy and mashing) Hanley, Ortiz's sendoff, Price being lights out and hopefully helping the other pitchers get better. Not to mention I read in the minor league forum that some people think Benintendi might see a cup of coffee, and guys like Espinoza working their way up. I agree it has been a quiet winter... but I think it is going to be a really fun season.
Me as well. I think I opened up this forum even before Robey finished running back the INT from the end zone on the failed two point conversion. Following that game I couldn't wait for the Red Sox to start. I still can't. I am looking forward to great things this year. I haven't been this excirted about baseball in a number of seasons, all the way back to '05 or '07.
 

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According to Twitter Hanley Ramirez has dropped 25 lbs of muscle. Hopefully that doesn't mean it's removed his ability to hit bombs.
 

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The Red Sox board was basically dead for months because there was really nothing to talk about. Once DD finished his winter overhaul it was pretty obvious they were done. So no trade speculation, no ST battles , the team was more or less set. So we were left to kvetching about Hanley at 1st base or Pablo . The only worthwhile thread is the catcher framing thread .. And even that ran its course pretty quickly.

So .. Here's to ST and the Renewal of Life.
 

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Love this picture:
I don't think there will ever be an athlete I love as unconditionally as Pedro and literally every single time I see his picture with any current player it makes me smile. It's just an unbelievable opportunity for these players to try and soak up any knowledge they can from him, its just so cool to see him in a Sox uniform again.

THANK YOU as always BSL, this thread is one I look forward to every Feb.
 

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BSL, would ya mind adding ST Thread to the topic title?

I also am looking forward to this season. Many good stories and as Kentinen said, watching the young guys mature and return to health will be entertaining.

That Pedro and Ed Rod picture. YES!

Here's another promising sign. The complete article is linked below and includes some of Farrell's thoughts including with regard to Panda's return to switch hitting.


http://nesn.com/2016/02/red-sox-notes-pablo-sandoval-will-return-to-switch-hitting-in-2016/
 

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About that Vazquez video: usually they say that command is the last thing to come back after TJ surgery, but that throw was right on the base.
 

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Pedro is and will forever be the shit.

Nice to see christian throwing strikes but he wasn't throwing it too hard there. He will need to show his strength and accuracy before I get too excited.
 

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My mother used to say "February is the longest month." I know exactly what she meant.

Sure, it was a relatively underwhelming off-season. Also, as a fan base, we tend to skew very, ahem, negative. But these pictures are getting me downright jazzed.
 

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My mother used to say "February is the longest month." I know exactly what she meant.

Sure, it was a relatively underwhelming off-season. Also, as a fan base, we tend to skew very, ahem, negative. But these pictures are getting me downright jazzed.
I certainly agree in general but...

They signed arguably the best SP in the AL, traded for a top-5 closer, added another ace reliever, and a great platoon bat in Young, and it was an underwhelming off-season? Man you folks are tough!
 

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I certainly agree in general but...

They signed arguably the best SP in the AL, traded for a top-5 closer, added another ace reliever, and a great platoon bat in Young, and it was an underwhelming off-season? Man you folks are tough!
I think hittery probably meant that they did all that stuff so early in the offseason, that it was relatively boring overall. They basically had the 25 man roster set by the time DD left the winter meetings. We didn't get much in the way of rumors or targets chased, like we usually do. In that regard, I agree.
 

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I think hittery probably meant that they did all that stuff so early in the offseason, that it was relatively boring overall. They basically had the 25 man roster set by the time DD left the winter meetings. We didn't get much in the way of rumors or targets chased, like we usually do. In that regard, I agree.
I suppose I can get on board with that. However there's not much that can be more exciting than a slew of huge additions to the club, drama or no. They needed a new SP, bullpen help and a lefty mashing OF and they basically got the absolute best option available for each of those. It's really hard for me to describe the offseason as underwhelming. But I get it.
 

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What's with the guy on the left? He apparently slouched off on his off-season height improvement regime.

Maybe it's the shadows.