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Life in Fort Myers

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  February 17, 2008 03:07 PM

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There's not a ton going on this afternoon at the minor league complex, so I thought I'd bring you a little bit of life at spring training. Josh Beckett did, in fact, speak today. I let Dan Shaughnessy, who is columnizing on the experience for tomorrow's paper, handle the press conference, so you'll have to turn to the paper for his comments.

Other than that, yours truly (along with all the other media members) have been at the ballpark for quite some time. While many of you readers were setting out coffee, bagels and lox, and opening the Sunday paper (people still do that, right?), we arrived here at around 7:30 a.m. this morning. The clubhouse is open between 8 and 9 a.m., before the players head out to the fields for their workouts.

This morning Dustin Pedroia and Manny Delcarmen drew some reporters. Delcarmen is sporting a shaved head look. Pedroia mentioned -- in jest, I think -- that he might use his Rookie of the Year award as some sort of doorstop.

"That's just something that sportswriters voted on," he said. "I don't think I was the best rookie. I didn't really think about it. The only thing I knew is I got an opportunity to play in the World Series and we won. That's what our goal was all year. The whole Rookie of the Year thing, I'm not really concerned about. In fact I might put a little holster on it, hold up my garage door."

I spent some time after that talking to Chris Carter, the player to be named later in the Wily Mo Pena deal. Though much has been reported about his lack of fielding prowess, Carter wants people not to judge him quite yet. We'll see. I watched him take ground balls yesterday at first, as part of the PFPs (pitchers' fielding practice), and he didn't look too bad. Small sample size, though. Carter has been coming in at 5 a.m., or sometimes earlier, to get in double sessions in the field. He actually happened to go to high school a couple of hours from Pedroia, and they played together both in high school and college. Carter was also a teammate of Jed Lowrie's at Stanford, in fact.

There may be some exciting announcements in this blog space in the coming days. I make no promises, but keep clicking. We'll be here for you. (Just in case this causes confusion, these are about blog content, not about Red Sox-related moves. I'm not predicting a trade or anything. You just might find an interesting feature or two here. Sorry for any anxiety this has caused.)

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