It’s 40 degrees and pouring like a mother out here in Texas, but in south Florida, the temperature is balmy, the sun is turning the infield grass that rich shade of green, and for the first time it feels like spring is coming.
Which is why I’m introducing the first Sox Spring Roundup, a semiregular series of posts that will, appropriately, round up the news that emanates from spring training for perusal and comment. (If the YFs want to start a Yanks Spring Roundup, that’d would be great, too).
- Daisuke Matsuzaka for the first time talked to the press with a competent translator. He’s been working out, preparing for the transition to a five-man staff, and been studying the glossy magazines — so he can recognize his teammates, unlike certain other magazine-loving Japanese superstars we could name. Amazingly, Matsuzaka’s workout routine is the same as mine: "I negotiate with my body, see how I feel, and decide what to do that day."
- Jon Lester also spoke at length for the first time since undergoing treatment for cancer. He says he’s not quite at 100 percent, but expects to be in about two weeks. He’s regrowing his hair and says he doesn’t want any "special treatment."
- Roger Clemens says he’s "failing at retirement." He’s also failing at leaving us the heck alone.