BoSox 2014 Spring Training Report!

The BoSox Club held their annual Minor League Barbeque at beautiful JetBlue Park on March 17th.  This continues to be one of our most popular Spring Training events.  Members celebrated St. Patrick's Day together decked out in their best green.  Our guests this year were promising minor league prospects: William Cuevas (P), Carson Blair (C), Wendel Rijo (SS), and Bryan Hudson (OF), along with Greenville Pitching Coach Paul Abbott.

Larry Lucchino, President and CEO of the Red Sox, stopped by to thank members for their support and devotion.  Dr. Charles Steinberg, the grand poobah of public affairs and promotions for the Red Sox, was as engaging as ever in talking about the upcoming season.

Our Master of Ceremonies was Jeff Levering, play-by-play radio broadcaster for Pawtucket.  Perhaps the only radio broadcaster in the minors with a Division III College World Series title on his resume, Jeff brings a unique perspective to the game.  His experience on the field allowed him to ask pretty substantive questions of young players.

Rijos, of the Dominican Republic, was one of the first to get to play on the fields of JetBlue Park while touring with the Dominican Prospect League.  The son of a scout, he mentioned he's a Yankees fan ... and was promptly called out on the error of his ways by Coach Abbott!

Hudson's biggest weapon is his speed.  He said he's been clocked at 3.9 seconds to first base.  Wow!

Coach Paul Abbott talked about being able to mold the young players.  He's new this year to the Greenville Drive, after spending the last two seasons as pitching coach for Lowell.  A right handed pitcher, Abbott played 20 seasons of pro ball from 1985 to 2005,.  He earned a career high 17 victories during the Mariners' 116 winning season in 2001.

March 19th was our Picnic in the Park.  Led by MC Gordon Edes, longtime ESPN Boston & former Globe sportswriter.

Drake Britton (P) Britton, entering his 7th season in the Red Sox system, was our first guest.  As Red Sox fans saw in 2013, his mechanics and delivery are quite reminiscent of John Lester.  In 2013, he was with both Portland and Boston.  He's should get plenty of opportunities to contribute to the major league bullpen over the course of this and future seasons.

Dick Berardino, a Red Sox legend, and player development consultant for the Red Sox, spoke to the group about his days in baseball and his thoughts for this season.  Tommy Harper, a Red Sox Hall of Famer, spoke of  his days stealing bases for the Red Sox.  His best season with the club was in 1973, when he led the league in stolen bases, setting an all-time Red Sox mark with 54 until Jacoby Ellsbury broke the record in 2009.

As we look forward to a great 2014 season back at Fenway Park, we will keep these memories of spring training with us forever.

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