These are going to be a weird few days at Fenway Park.
The ragtag 2012 team is playing its final two games at home before going on the road then slinking off into ignominy. Yet the Red Sox are also hosting two celebrations.
The 2004 World Series team will be honored tonight and the “All-Fenway” team on Wednesday.
Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, Mike Timlin, Keith Foulke, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek and Terry Francona are on hand toinight. Oddly enough, so is Nomar Garciaparra.
The likes of Phil Seibel (two games) and Adam Hyzdu (17 games) are here, too, along with some others.
Meanwhile, Roger Clemens and his son Kobe watched batting practice.
(As an aside, I have no idea what the actual truth is about Roger. We all have our suspicions, certainly. But I do know that getting to cover a few of his games was a lot of fun. Back in the day, you stopped doing everything to watch the the Rocket pitch.)
As for the 2012 Red Sox:
• Jacoby Ellsbury is out for the fourth consecutive game with a lat strain. According to Bobby Valentine, he could have played tonight but the decision was to be cautious.
• RHPs Daniel Bard and Zach Stewart threw live BP on the field. Stewart was tuning up for his start on Sunday. Bard needed the work. Hard to believe that it’s come to that for him.
• The Red Sox have four players in their lineup hitting .169 or worse. I know, small sample sizes. But wow.