He's already got his bottom of the 9th inning game face on, and it's only Photo Day. Now, if that look was accompanied by 36,000+ screaming maniacs at Fenway Park? I'd be one happy goober.
Also coming out of camp today was news that the Red Sox and manager Terry Francona had agreed to a 3 year extension, which means that at least in theory, he'll be managing the team through the year 2011. Most of the time, long term contracts for managers are just that; theory.
Except I'm pretty sure Tito may be the exception to the rule. All he's done in his first 4 years is lead the team to 2 World Series championships and to the playoffs in another year. I'd ALMOST go as far and say that without his personality and leadership skills, they never could have come back against the Yankees in '04. I say almost because that does a disservice to the character of the players.
I can say THIS with confidence; there aren't too many Managers who could have pushed the right buttons and kept that team loose and confident enough to where they BELIEVED they could come back.
Plus, without going through '04, they probably don't get past Cleveland this past October. Being down 3 games to 1 and having to win out in order to get to the World Series, you have to think Francona drew on the 2004 experience to keep the ship upright. So, good for Tito. He's got another 4 years in Boston and will finally be paid like what he is.
One of the best skippers in the game today.
It looks like we picked up another potential starting pitcher today as well, as Bartolo Colon agreed to a minor league deal with Boston after an ineffective 2007 with the Angels. It's another low risk, high reward move Theo is known for, like picking Papi off the scrap heap in Minnesota or signing Kevin Millar right before he went to Japan. Colon is 2 years removed from the Cy Young award, and although the last time I saw him he looked like he had just ate Shrek, I like the move.
2006 proved you can't have enough healthy arms, and 2007 showed what happens when you do.
Finally, another video shot by my niece Libby the other night. At first glance, I didn't really like it. However, going back and watching it again, it's got a few gems here and there. One is about halfway through, when Rakes tells Lib who he saw at his Nanny's house.
You also get to see Trot in full-bore pitch a fit mode, which always makes me reach for the Advil.