Coco Crisp has hair now. So does The Papelbot, but his looks like he should be singing lead for Flock of Seagulls. Kevin Youkilis looks like a thinner version of David Wells, and the Red Sox, apparently, signed some guy from Japan. I know this because all of a sudden, there are 1,000 Japanese reporters wandering around camp trying to take pictures of Matsuzaka going to the bathroom.
Spring Training is the weirdest time: all of us fans are excited about baseball being back, and the players, for the most part, just want to get their work in so they can make their tee times. It's kind of like Christmas time at school for Ciera: she's at school, but she's not really working. She watches a lot of videos, does basic work, but not too much serious stuff gets done. Don't get me wrong, guys are getting their timing down, building up arm strength, getting into that final level of fitness they need to for the season. For the most part though, 90% of the guys are ready to go. Wily Mo hit a moon shot and broke his bat in BP today for Pete's sake: I think he's close to ready.
Schilling has learned some Japanese, and is proudly speaking it to anyone who will listen. I compared Rakes to Millar a while back: he's got a little Schilling in him too. Smart, opinionated, loud, and almost NEVER stops talking. Tek was fist bumping Dice K and Papi and JD Drew are due soon. Meanwhile, on the Manny front, his spokesperson, Crazy Julian says Manny is taking care of his sick mother and will arrive March 1st. Poor lady, she always seems to get afflicted with some type of sickness right when camp opens. Weird.
First game: a week from tomorrow vs. the Twins.
Let's get it on.