Good morning from the Fort

February, 24, 2011
2/24/11
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -– It was a lively clubhouse atmosphere this morning at the player development complex.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia declared that he’s letting his hair grow because in 10 years he’s going to be a body builder. After he was done strutting around the clubhouse, he got into his serious mode and pulled aside prospect Jose Iglesias for some hitting tips. It’s clear Pedroia is opening the lines of communication with his future double-play partner.

On the other side of the room, Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon tied the laces of his turf shoes together and tossed them over the light fixtures in the ceiling of the clubhouse. Folklore has it that it’s a sign of good luck. According to Wikipedia, it can also be a gang sign, or that a man just lost his virginity.

There’s been a lot of talk the last couple of days about who will be the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox. When asked about it this morning, Jon Lester said it’s no big deal. The southpaw added it’s an honor to start that game, but in the big picture it really doesn’t matter.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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