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More on the numbers game from El Tiante

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Yesterday, Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy wrote about how numbers are a big deal for major league ballplayers and he spoke with some of the young Sox that changed their number for the upcoming season.

Last week, we caught up with Sox center fielder Mike Cameron, who spoke about the process he went through in his mind that finds him wearing No. 23 this season for Boston. No. 23 was most recently worn by polarizing shortstop Julio Lugo, and more fondly worn by Red Sox pitching great Luis Tiant.

We caught up with El Tiante Saturday morning at camp and he spoke about what it would mean to him to have his No. 23 retired someday.

“That problem don’t belong to me,” Tiant said. “The team wants to do [it], fine… I can’t do too much about about it. But I’m fine. Someday, maybe I’ll get in the Hall of Fame someday, maybe they’ll retire it. But now, I’m fine. It really doesn’t bother me at all… That’d be nice. You got a retired number, not too many people got that. Only select people in this game, they got a retired number, you got to be in the Hall of Fame. I’m fine.”


It’s going to be a beautiful day here in Fort Myers with straight sunshine and a high expected of 72 degrees. Tomorrow is Truck Day, Part II, when the Sox move the major league operation up the street to City of Palms Park, leaving the minor leaguers down here at the complex to continue their workouts. Rain is expected tomorrow, so we may have an abbreviated workout session at the end of Edison Ave.

Also, stay tuned for updates later this morning from the complex. In case you missed it, take a look at the images from yesterday’s Photo Day, where the Sox posed for the official 2010 photos and worked out in their home whites. And (drum-roll please) check in for our final edition of Spring Training Today, coming online here early this afternoon. Lastly, if you were away from your electronic devices this weekend, take a look back at Friday, Saturday, and Sunday episodes of Spring Training Today.

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