Cutting Room Floor
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It was pouring all morning and we knew there was no way the players would take the field for the final workout. It’s no big deal for them, because they have the weight room and batting cages indoors that they can use, but it was a bummer for me when we saw an announcement on Facebook that the players would not be coming outdoors and therefore the complex would not be open to the public. The good news is that real pretend games start tomorrow with a matchup against Northeastern University. In the meantime, here are some photos from the past two days that didn’t make it into the original blog posts.
On Monday the players were given the option of putting on a second pair of pants for their sliding drill.
Andrew Benintendi walks back after completing a sliding drill, while Xander Bogaerts practices declaring himself safe. (You can tell Beni opted to wear the sliding pants, since the outer pair has no belt.)
Hanley Ramirez fields a ball at first base.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski watches live batting practice, and he likes what he sees.
When Chris Sale threw live B.P., Rick Porcello, David Price, Drew Pomeranz, and several other pitchers came to the field to watch. Normally the pitchers who aren't throwing are off doing their own thing, so it was a cool sign of respect to see that they were watching each other.
Dustin Pedroia and new first baseman Mitch Moreland prepare for an infield drill.
Xander Bogaerts waits his turn in batting practice on Monday.
JBJ finishes up a round of batting practice.
Craig Kimbrel during Pitchers' Fielding Practice on Tuesday.
Chris Sale waits his turn during PFP.
You didn't really think I was going to pass up the chance to post another picture of Pedro, did you? My all-time favorite player made an appearance on Tuesday.