A defiant spirit seems to be the first aspect of the 2008 team's unique personality to come to the fore. First there were Jonathan Papelbon's outspoken comments about his own contract. Now the team as a whole has apparently banded together to fight the power! about coaches' paychecks instead.
According to SI, the Sox refused to take the field for their final spring training game before the trip to Japan this morning because coaches apparently are not going to receive a stipend during the trip. They also said this morning that they would not board the plane to Japan if the situation didn't change. More recent reports say the Sox will take the field this afternoon; the assumption is that if they're playing in Florida, they'll probably be playing in Japan.
But now I'm imagining lots of possibilities for our Activist Red Sox. Like Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester stumping for Barack Obama, Josh Beckett campaigning for hemp-crop legalization, and Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis staging pan-flute concerts in support of Tibet.