“It was fun, but it was too cold, man,” Ortiz said. “It wasn’t a good idea but Tito forced me to do it. He said he did it, so I didn’t want to look like a [coward]. So I did it. “I have to do it in the summer. Everyone was looking at me like, ‘Wow. That guy must be somebody,’ then some other people were looking at me like, ‘What an idiot.'”

And the first spring training “game” was today:

“It doesn’t matter if you’re playing in a media game or a college team or facing big league hitters. I actually told somebody that today,” Beckett said. “They told me, `You’re going to at least let somebody hit it.'”
His response?
“No, I’m not going to let him hit it. I’m out there trying to do my job and my job right now is to get in shape for the season,” last year’s AL Cy Young Award runner-up said. “If I’m out there facing a college team and I’m out there messing around or something, I might take that into another game.

Baseball is back. Finally.