FORT MYERS, Fla. — The ceremonies are over here at Fenway South. The Red Sox have had their big meeting, the owners have done their press conferences and by now you’re seen plenty of footage of guys playing catch on television.
It’s time for the Sox to go to work.
Starting today, the team has five days before the college doubleheader against Northeastern and BC on Thursday. They will be busy days as John Farrell and his coaches work on team defense, base running and all the other fundamentals.
With a new manager and an entirely new coaching staff, learning will be a two-way street. They need to learn the players and the players need to learn the coaches.
It has only been a few days, but there’s not a lot of nonsense in how Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo have set up camp. The stations are quick and the players are spread out, so repetitions are frequent.
There’s work to do defensively, that’s for sure. Mike Napoli, once he is cleared, has to get deep into first base. Shane Victorino will get acclimated to right field. Jonny Gomes needs improvement in left and the same is true of Will Middlebrooks at third base.
Once the games start, the Sox will keep practicing in the morning and the competition for playing time will heat up. The bench and bullpen need to get settled and perhaps a spot in the rotation, too. Felix Doubront can’t assume anything.
The pomp and circumstance is over. The Red Sox have work to do.