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Sunday, February 28, 2016 – JetBlue Park, Ft. Myers

Spring Training Workout

Sunday brought warmer temperatures, and it finally felt like Florida.  The Red Sox had done their photo shoots for baseball cards and promos inside in the morning, so they were a little later than normal getting out to the field.  We saw some interesting drills, got a few more autographs, and ended by watching a Big Papi power display.  My favorite photos from the day are below.

Jackie Bradley Jr. waved to fans as the players took the field to stretch.  He also took the time to sign autographs on his way in at the end of the day.

Jackie Bradley Jr. waved to fans as the players took the field to stretch. He also took the time to sign autographs on his way in at the end of the day.

Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz shared a laugh during the morning stretch.

Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz shared a laugh during the morning stretch.

General manager Mike Hazen, Senior VP of Baseball Operations Frank Wren, and President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski walked among the fields to observe the practice.

General Manager Mike Hazen, Senior VP of Baseball Operations Frank Wren, and President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski walked among the fields to observe the practice.

Ryan Hanigan and the other catchers did a drill where they practiced throwing out runners at second and third.

Ryan Hanigan and the other catchers did a drill where they practiced throwing out runners at second and third.

Christian Vazquez is recovering from the Tommy John surgery had had less than a year ago. He's been catching, but he wasn't allowed to practice throwing out baserunners. During the drill he took the role of flipping the ball to the other catchers.

Christian Vazquez is recovering from the Tommy John surgery he had less than a year ago. He's been catching, but he wasn't allowed to practice throwing out baserunners. During that drill he took the role of flipping the ball to the other catchers.

The infielders and pitchers took part in a drill catching popups.  Non-roster invitee Sean O'Sullivan, who has 66 games of major league experience for the Angels, Royals, Padres, and Phillies over the past 6 seasons, will be the starting pitcher against Northeastern in the second game of Monday's college double header.

The infielders and pitchers took part in a drill catching popups. Non-roster invitee Sean O'Sullivan, who has 66 games of major league experience for the Angels, Royals, Padres, and Phillies over the past 6 seasons, will be the starting pitcher against Northeastern in the second game of Monday's college double header.

Everyone's favorite dirt dog Dustin Pedroia smiled during batting practice.

Everyone's favorite dirt dog Dustin Pedroia smiled during batting practice.

Big Papi put on a show in batting practice, at one point mashing five straight homers off the roof of the batting cages beyond the field.

Big Papi put on a show in batting practice, at one point mashing five straight homers off the roof of the batting cages beyond the field.

When fans applauded after one of his impressive rounds, Papi announced, "I was born for this."

When fans applauded after one of his impressive B. P. rounds, Papi announced, "I was born for this."

Dwight Evans was my favorite player in the 1980's, and is now a special instructor working with the young players. He took the time to sign autographs after practice, as did Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, infield prospects Deven Marrero and Sam Travis, and third base coach Brian Butterfield.

Dwight Evans was my favorite player in the 1980's, and is now a special instructor working with the young players. He took the time to sign autographs after practice, as did Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, infield prospects Deven Marrero and Sam Travis, and third base coach Brian Butterfield.

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