Larry Bird and his influence on the Red Sox today

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The practice plan posted in the Red Sox clubhouse this morning said “Larry Bird” under the team activities.

Would the Celtics legend, who lives about an hour south of here in Naples, be at the workout?

Alas, no. Brian Butterfield, the ever-inventive third base coach and infield instructor, named one of his drills after Bird. It’s a rundown drill that will feature Butterfield making over-the-shoulder and blind throws to the fielders to keep them on their toes.

Hence, it’s the Larry Bird drill.


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