It was a good weekend for sports, or at least an interesting one. I got distracted, writing-wise, by the ALMIGHTY IMPORTANCE of weighing in on the Cassel / Vrabel Trade and so did not have time / energy / motivation / wherewithal to post about the Sox (as we know, for whatever reason, I have a hard time holding the two sports in my brain at once).
But I also tuned in yesterday to Josh's first ST start against an MLB team--the Twins. As well as Dustin Pedroia's first RBI, Kevin Youkilis's first post-strikeout hat-flip, and Jonathan Papelbon's first heaters of the preseason.
It was blowing snow outside and would be for most of the night and into today; by contrast, on TV thin-blooded Floridians donned windbreakers in...70 degrees? Still, if you ignored your own windows and the wide receivers' numbers on many of the Sox players, you could almost trick yourself into thinking it was April already.
It was great just to see the familiar faces out on the diamond--Papi and Josh Bard as well as the aforementioned. (Julio Lugo pointedly not referenced). But they're really not themselves yet...the guys who are really putting on a show are the minor leaguers and quadruple-a players.
Of the non-everyday players we got a taste of this weekend, it was Angel Chavez, formerly of the Dodgers, who stood out to me. Scouting reports on him are lukewarm--SoxProspects.com credits him for plus defensive skills but 'mediocre tools' at the plate, i.e. another Alex Gonzalez.
True to form, Chavez put on a clinic in the field yesterday while remaining forgettable at the plate. But some of his ranging, diving plays--at least one of which ate Julio's lunch--were a sight to behold.
And honestly, these days I really, really miss Alex Gonzalez.
At the very least, Chavez looks to be a *very* high value utilityman in the infield with Alex Cora now among the dearly departed.