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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