FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where the Red Sox will get their first crack at testing the new instant replay system at home, right-fielder Shane Victorino makes his spring debut, left-hander Jon Lester is scheduled to make his first start of the spring, center fielder Grady Sizemore is scheduled to play the first of back-to-back games, and NESN will be bringing it all back to New England.
And there will be a noted author in the house: Ben Bradlee Jr., who spent a fair chunk of the past decade researching and writing about Ted Williams, will be in JetBlue Park autographing copies of his best-selling book: "The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams."
The book has gotten a lot of love from the critics. Baseball historian and documentarian Ken Burns offered this: “The barnacles of sentimentality and nostalgia that beset a look backward into the ‘golden age’ of baseball suggest that we would never know about that complicated genius of the plate, Ted Williams. But here he is, fully realized with all the glory and guts and all the controversial and all-too-real aspects of this human being intact. Bravo.”
I get to mix in a change of pace in my daily routine: As part of Read Across America observances, I’ve been invited by teacher John Ball to read to the eighth-graders at the Gulf Middle School in nearby Cape Coral. They’re honoring Dr. Seuss, so I think we’re going to do a little “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”
Here’s Monday’s lineup. The Marlins can’t beef about this one.
1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Napoli, 1B
5. Daniel Nava, LF
6. Shane Victorino, RF
7. Xander Bogaerts, SS
8. A.J. Pierzynski, C
9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
SP -- Jon Lester, LHP