Enter Adam LaRoche
Sunday, February 22, 2015
First baseman/DH Adam LaRoche (pictured above) checked into camp today, two days before the full squad reports on Tuesday. It’s interesting to note that LaRoche, one of the club’s key acquisitions in the offseason, will be occupying Paul Konerko‘s old locker. He’s also here with his brother Andy, a third baseman who is a non-roster invitee (photo compliments of CSN’s Chuck Garfien).
Top Prospect Carlos Rodon: “Stay in the Background and Keep Quiet”
Rodon talks to the Trib…and confers with pitching guru Don Cooper.
Scorpions Invade Sox Camp–Really
A group of honest-to-goodness scorpions were seen at Camelback Ranch on Saturday. The eight-legged predators caused a bit of a scare, but no harm was done. Some media members looked at it as a natural progression–a Shark (Jeff Samardzija) officially arrived on Friday followed the next day by a group of arthropods.
Mark Your Calendars
MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series, which gives “inside access” to every team’s training camp, begins March 3.
The Sox will be featured on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m., CT.
Quotes of the Day
* Manager Robin Ventura on the addition of Vince Coleman, one of the best basestealers of his time, serving as a baserunning instructor in spring training:
“We’re very fortunate to have him out there, especially with the basestealing stuff. I wouldn’t know what that is, but there are guys, there is a certain mentality of doing it. Especially with Adam [Eaton] leading off, he has the speed to steal more bases, so you want him to have that mindset that a guy like Vince had.”
* @Chuck Garfien: Jose Abreu in Spanish to the pitcher during his long hitting session:
“You’re going to need some ice.”
* Gordon Beckham on his return to the Sox:
“I feel like I have a good chance to go out there and win a job, that’s all I really want.”
* Coop on his conversations with newcomers Zach Duke and David Robertson:
“I said to them, ‘You know what I think when I see you two guys? There’s the 8th and 9th inning.’”
Photo/Video of the Day
Robin on team leadership: