Postcard from Fort Myers: It’s report day

Fans watch the day's workouts at Red Sox Spring Training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL.
Fans watch the day's workouts at Red Sox Spring Training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Growing up as a baseball fan, I always imagined that “report day” in spring training was something like showing up for the Army. The Red Sox manager would stand at the ballpark with a clipboard and check off Carlton Fisk’s name when he walked in. Presumably Jim Rice would be waiting next.

Once I became a baseball writer, I learned it’s nothing like that. The player need only inform the team he has arrived in town to officially “report.” Then he shows up at the park for a physical and that is that.

For Red Sox position players, today is report day and it will be a bit anticlimactic. In previous years, today was the day David Ortiz would arrive and the television cameras would record him walking into the clubhouse and giving everybody a smile.

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