Today is the official reporting date for position players to come to Spring Training. However, this milestone is not such a, well… milestone, this year. Almost every player invited to camp has already reported in the days before today. Every major league position player except Shane Victorino and almost all of the minor leaguers came to camp early, some even before pitchers and catchers were due. For what it’s worth, though, this is the official reporting date and the first full team workout is tomorrow.
Even with the limited news which I’ve seen in the last few days, everybody seems to be optimistic and saying the right things to the media members who enter the clubhouse. There have been reports of “so and so” in the best shape of their life, and on the other hand we’ve had the first injury of the year– a hamstring strain for Clay Buchholz.
Still, this is the next step towards baseball season. Today marks one week until the Red Sox play their double-header against Boston College and Northeastern and nine days until the first Grapefruit League game and first televised game against the Rays. There’s a lot to like about this new-look team, and this should be a fun one to watch.