Daisuke Matsuzaka [ed: Josh Beckett] is in the house (as is Paul!), and all eyes will be watching. But the question of the night is not "how will he fare", but rather "will the blister-prone hurler have all his fingers after the game is over since they might have to be lopped off due to frostbite". Who are the geniuses who schedule all these night games the first week in April? Whatever happened to the idea of protecting an investment, about not putting players out in conditions conducive to injury and/or undue strain? MLB should be smarter about this: their star players are their collateral. I am not so naive as to forget that money drives everything, and ticket sales and TV ratings are the key, but at some point these silly, potentially frost (or snow!)-laden fields are going to get someone hurt, and the game and the league will suffer from their folly.
Consider this your afternoon open thread for Sox chat as well as a game thread for tonight’s chilly contest between the Sox and Royals.