Found February 05, 2013 on
8:30 a.m. EST: OK, now baseball is really getting close.
Tuesday marks the day that die hard Red Sox fans anticipate every winter: Truck Day.
This year, the Red Sox’ equipment truck, which will be departing at around noon Tuesday to make the 1,480-mile trek to the team’s spring training home in Fort Myers, Fla., features the slogan “Big Things Ahead.”
Serving as the unofficial beginning to spring training, Truck Day not only signifies that Opening Day is just around the bend, but it also gives us all a reason to talk a little baseball in the winter. (As if we needed a reason, really.) Fortunately, NESN.com’s live blog is ready to capture this year’s Truck Day in all its glory.
Everyone is encouraged throughout the day to slack off a little bit — it’s cool, you have my permission — and send along your two cents. Whether you have questions, ideas, concerns or just feel like getting your thoughts down on the Interweb, feel free to comment in the comments section below. If you’re feelin...
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Mike Napoli ended up signing with Boston, but the whole drawn out process and Napoli’s final contract terms make much of his future, both short- and long-term, very uncertain.
Ultimately, Napoli and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $5MM contract with incentives that could bring the full value of the deal up to $13MM. Considering the original deal was three years with $39MM guaranteed...
It’s no secret that John Lackey hasn’t performed up to expectations with the Red Sox. However, the big right-hander isn’t backing down from the challenge of reestablishing himself in Boston’s baseball hotbed.
Lackey showed up early to Fort Myers, now 16 months removed from Tommy John surgery. He was photographed on Tuesday already working off a mount alongside Daniel Bard...
Another Red Sox outfielder will be unavailable for the start of spring training.
According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, manager John Farrell said that minor leaguer Alex Hassan will not be ready for the start of camp because of a stress fracture in his left foot.
This comes on the heels of the recent news that outfielder Ryan Kalish will miss a big chunk of the season after...
2013 Fantasy Preview: Boston Red Sox
This team will need to wear name tags for the first few weeks of spring training, because the offseason turnover was astounding. Necessary, but astounding nonetheless.
Traded for RP Joel Hanrahan
Don't be fooled by the save numbers. Hanrahan has shutdown stuff, but walked 36 batters in 59 2/3 innings last season as the...
The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Dana Levangie has been named the team’s new bullpen coach.
Levangie replaces Gary Tuck, who retired last week after six seasons with the organization. Levangie, 43, has spent the past seven seasons serving as a major league advance scout with the Red Sox, and he also will continue to assist in advance scouting going forward.
This isn’t the first...
The Red Sox’ equipment truck rolled out of Fenway Park on Tuesday, beginning its near-1,500-mile journey to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., and marking the unofficial start of baseball season.
Before the wheels started turning, the truck had to be loaded, and Red Sox fans flocked down to Yawkey Way to take in the annual tradition of Truck Day.
Co-owner Larry Lucchino, third baseman...
It is nearly 1,500 miles from Fenway Park to the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, but only if you take the fastest route.
With the Red Sox equipment truck heading south, with some time to spare until pitchers and catchers report, it might be a good idea to take a couple detours to take in the sights. After all, a road trip isn’t a road trip without some unexpected...
A.B. There’s a fine line between homer apparel and pink hat apparel. The kid wearing a pre-faded Old Navy Boston Red Sox shirt is a pink-hat. The kid wearing the same faded shirt, except it was made by Jerzees in 1985, is a die hard Sox fan. To a casual observer they are both blue, both faded and both have the Red Sox B. But one went through Buckner, Boggs and Beckett – the other...
Tim Wakefield has been retired from Major League Baseball for a year, and now he's trying to impart his knowledge of the knuckleball onto five inexperienced pitchers.
But these aren't just any athletes. The former Red Sox pitcher will be teaching Doug Flutie and four other former NCAA Division I quarterbacks his famous pitch on an MLB Network reality show called "The...
Tim Wakefield has been retired from Major League Baseball for a year, and now he’s trying to impart his knowledge of the knuckleball onto five inexperienced pitchers.
But these aren’t just any athletes. The former Red Sox pitcher will be teaching Doug Flutie and four other former NFL quarterbacks his famous pitch on an MLB Network reality show entitled The Next Knuckler, according...
In a new reality show series debuting on the MLB Network on Feb. 13, skilled knuckleballer Tim Wakefield — who spent most of his storied MLB career slinging the unique pitch as a member of the Boston Red Sox — will be teaching the art of knuckleball to a bunch of former — some famous, some not so much — college quarterbacks in a show entitled, The Next Knuckler.
Lester and Lackey
Beyonce’s thigh shaking has ended. One of the Harbaugh brothers beat the other. Stats “after the power outage” are in the books. The Super Bowl is over and now I can start to think about Major League Baseball. Breathe.
It is true that I love hockey. I am an avid Boston Bruins fan. But there is not another sport I love as much as the one that is played outside...
With Spring Training less than a month away, the Red Sox 40 Man
Roster should be fairly set until the end of camp. I'll take this
opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much
else going on.
Let's Hope Hanrahan isn't staring this direction too much in 2013.
After Andrew Bailey lost most of 2012 to injury, and then was awful when...