Last year, when the Red Sox visited the Marlins during spring training, they did so with one of the weakest lineups to wear the uniform in recent years, spring or no. This year, the team is apparently doing their best to avoid repeating that controversy.
Their solution? A relay race. Losers ride the bus.
Boston Red Sox (10-8)
- Jemile Weeks, 3B
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Hanley Ramirez, LF
- Allen Craig, 1B
- Garin Cecchini, DH
- Rusney Castillo, CF
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
- Blake Swihart, C
Starting Pitcher -- Brian Johnson
In the end, it was just another instance of Mookie Betts dominating spring. You'll notice he's nowhere to be seen, having beaten out Jemile Weeks in the last leg. This may not make the young Betts too popular with the likes of Pedroia, Ramirez, Castillo, or Bogaerts, but at least he's got Pablo Sandoval on his side, having spared the Kung Fu Panda the long bus ride over.
And just how long are we talking? Try 140 miles! That's a 2-and-a-half hour drive each way. With Sandoval being on a team with a bunch of middle infielders, many of them minor leaguers, one wonders if he won't spend his travel-free day treating his relay team to a meal.
First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET, with the Marlins' radio network 940 AM WINZ providing a broadcast.
I really hope WINZ isn't supposed to be...well, y'know.