Some quick thoughts as we watch Red Sox pitchers and catchers (and a few positional players) go through Day One of official workouts.
–Bobby Valentine has a lot of energy. He never stops as he goes from field to field working with players. He’s definitely a hands-on guy.
–I watched Josh Beckett, Scott Atchison, Andrew Miller and a few others throw. Atchison is an underrated guy in my book. He takes the ball any time and is legit.
–Ryan Lavarnway has slimmed down. It will be interesting to see where he ends up this year. If he hits, it’ll be tough not to find a spot for him on the roster.
–Watching the regulars, and my first impression … Cody Ross has it. And “it” being that the ball flies off his bat. And, he’s mostly a dead pull hitter. The right-handed hitter might put a few dents in the Fenway wall.
–The new facility is huge, with six fields, plus the big league park. It’s a great time to be here to watch baseball and there’s plenty to soak in.
–Carl Crawford hit off a tee today, which is encouraging as he works back from wrist surgery. Ben Cherington said they won’t rush Crawford along this spring.
–I saw Dustin Pedrioa, who shouted to me, “Close down the freeways because I start hitting tomorrow!”