Spring Training Miscellany

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Spring Training Miscellany

Joined: 10 Dec 2006, 01:35

25 Feb 2010, 22:03 #1

I'll start this off with a player who knows his numbers ... and a few other things:

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He's a breath of fresh air down here.

New Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron took some time out to chat with fans in Fort Myers today about his number, playing center field, Manny Ramirez, and more.

"We got a good team here," a jovial Cameron said today. "I just want to be on it."

On taking over center field for Jacoby Ellsbury: "I'm just holding the spot for him for a few months," Cam said. "He's played left ... I haven't. We talked... as players, we don't really worry about that. I can play left... it's not like I can't play the position, there's just things you have to learn about the position, so he just kind of helps out.

"[Being the Sox centerfielder] means I have to play the position really good or otherwise I'll be the conversation of the year," the affable Cameron said. "I never worry about it. Everything works out."

One fan reminded Cameron not to go into the Green Monster during games to hang out. "I won't do that," Cameron said laughing. "He [Manny] was good though, crazy good."

On choosing No. 23: "I'll tell you the story, Mikey Lowell wears 25, so I couldn't take that because he's been here forever," Cameron said. "I didn't want to wear 44 (Jason Bay's number with the Sox last year) because that's kind of a touchy situation. I was like, 'I don't want to wear that.' And then 24 is semi-retired, because of Manny (Ramirez), and Dewey Evans, so I said I'm going back to my minor league number. But Tito told me if you wear No. 23, make sure you don't miss the first ball because [the crowd] will go 'LUUUGO!' It's crazy... I mean it always works out."

One fan complained that Rays star B.J. Upton won't give out autographs or talk to fans during spring training. "Some guys are different," Cameron said. "Some guys just have different agendas."



Candid Cameron
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Joined: 13 Dec 2006, 23:48

26 Feb 2010, 00:10 #2

Biggest number thing is Ellsbury going to 2 from 46.

Just think how many more bases he can steal with all that excess fabric off his back
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Joined: 12 Dec 2006, 07:05

26 Feb 2010, 03:12 #3

Red Sox players are filling up spring training camp this week, and that means Canton ophthalmologist Dr. Daniel Laby won’t be far behind. Thursday he will set up shop in a trailer at the Fort Myers, Fla., complex so he can examine their eyesight, making sure they can keep their eye on the ball. Before heading south, Laby, a Harvard professor who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology when he’s not working with pro athletes, spoke by phone about sports vision.

Putting baseball in focus
"I think I was just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox.”-David Price
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26 Feb 2010, 14:56 #4

ThinMan @ Feb 25 2010, 10:12 PM wrote: Red Sox players are filling up spring training camp this week, and that means Canton ophthalmologist Dr. Daniel Laby won’t be far behind. Thursday he will set up shop in a trailer at the Fort Myers, Fla., complex so he can examine their eyesight, making sure they can keep their eye on the ball. Before heading south, Laby, a Harvard professor who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology when he’s not working with pro athletes, spoke by phone about sports vision.

Putting baseball in focus
Heh.

Q. What about umpires?
A. [Laby’s group] did make some contact with Major League Baseball to get permission to evaluate the umpires’ vision. They don’t have to tell if [a pitch is] a fastball or a curveball, or see spin as players do, but they do have to see where it crosses the plate. To our chagrin there was no interest.
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26 Feb 2010, 16:24 #5

The doctor who performed the meatball surgery on Curt Schilling's ankle in 2004 which led to the bloody sock has had his license suspended and is under investigation for... something.

The bloody sock doctor is in big trouble
"I think I was just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox.”-David Price
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Joined: 14 Dec 2006, 12:10

26 Feb 2010, 16:47 #6

ThinMan @ Feb 26 2010, 11:24 AM wrote: The doctor who performed the meatball surgery on Curt Schilling's ankle in 2004 which led to the bloody sock has had his license suspended and is under investigation for... something.

The bloody sock doctor is in big trouble
Hey,for fixing schilling he deserves a a pass and a pardon .
FUCK THE YANKEES
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Joined: 20 Mar 2007, 20:55

26 Feb 2010, 19:28 #7

This sounds like something I would do.

http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/red-sox/ ... ing-better
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27 Feb 2010, 02:01 #8

Eric Hinske's ink

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27 Feb 2010, 02:53 #9

ThinMan @ Feb 26 2010, 06:01 PM wrote: Eric Hinske's ink
That's a great idea, tattooing an underwear band on your back.

That could really throw people for a loop if you were a plumber.
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27 Feb 2010, 13:58 #10

Casey Kelly

"I think I was just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox.”-David Price
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