Well, that was interesting. Possibly the most surreal game I’ve ever watched. The stadium looked unfinished with metal towers jutting up in unlikely spots. The home plate radar guy appeared at times to be sitting on the umpire’s shoulders. People milled around foul territory and a peanut vendor made a few sales to bored infielders. That’s spring training.

As for the actual game, the Red Sox won. Wake looked good, Paps did not. Kevin “Doug who?” Cash hit a home run and The Beard of Wonder added a long shot as well. And that’s all she wrote for “Spring Training: The Encore.”

Tonight, the homicide-inducing Joe Morgan chronicles begin, and the season is back underway.