FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox just took the field at Fenway South and there were cheers from the few hundreds fans present. It's 61 degrees and sunny.
ESPN, Fox Sports, the New York Times and Yahoo! Sports all have representatives here, too. That wasn't the case at this time last year when the low-expectation Red Sox took the field.
A few notes:
• The Red Sox do not face the Mets in spring training, which is a shame for the Cecchini family of Lake Charles, La.
Garin Cecchini is a 22-year-old third baseman in Red Sox camp and Gavin Cecchini is a 20-year-old shortstop for the Mets. The brothers have never played against each other.
"That would be something," Garin Cecchini said. "We haven't been on the same field together in four years."
Their father, Glenn Cecchini, had coached Barbe High in Lake Charles since 1986. Barbe was 36-4 last season and has a team stocked with Division I prospects.
• Brandon Workman didn't view the departure of Ryan Dempster as necessarily opening any doors for him. "I have to pitch well no matter what role I have," he said. "I'm not going to change the approach I have."
Back with much more later on.