Re: Spring Training 2010: "I'm in the best shape of my life"
Peter Abraham, the newest Boston Globe smarty-pants:
Baseball is being played on Edison Ave. in Fort Myers. Well, guys are playing catch and taking BP at least.
Roughly 50 players have already turned out at the Red Sox minor league complex, the vast majority of them minor leaguers looking to make a good impression. But Jon Lester, Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon, and Manny Delcarmen are already in camp and getting some work in.
More players will follow, probably the bulk after the weekend, leading up to the Feb. 18 report date for pitchers and catchers.
My sources tell me that every player is in the best shape of their lives, excited about the season and confident in the team's chances.
"Reality tells us there are no guarantees. Except that some day Jon Lester will be on that list of 100-game winners." - Peter Gammons