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Spring is in the air…

Posted by bdowd625 on March 3, 2010

OK, so maybe not exactly. At the moment, it’s frigid in Rhode Island with a mix of rain and snow falling on a gloomy Wednesday afternoon. In Fort Myers, Florida, though? It’s as good as summer down there, as the Red Sox open up with their first spring training games of 2010. Granted, the Sox have split-squad games against Northeastern and Boston College, but it’s baseball nonetheless.

Sox prospect Casey Kelly (pictured above) got the start on the mound against Northeastern this afternoon and I’m sure every set of eyes at the stadium will be following his every move. Kelly apparently has no ceiling and could break into Boston’s rotation as early as next season or 2012 from what I’m hearing.

Forget about all those projections for the moment, though, and just be glad that baseball is finally back. I can almost feel the temperature rising just thinking about it.

On a quick side note, I was sad to see that former Sox outfielder Rocco Baldelli didn’t sign anywhere this offseason. Instead, he has latched on as a special assistant in the Tampa Bay system. It’s a shame that Baldelli’s career never lived up to all the expecations. I went to high school with Baldelli at Bishop Hendricken and was lucky enough to be part of all the commotion he caused during his senior year. The guy was a freak athlete, with enough raw power to make even Mark McGwire envious. I’ll never forget watching him launch majestic home runs during batting practice in front of loads of adoring scouts.

Here’s hoping Rocco gets picked up by another team in the very near future.

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