Iglesias to PawSox, FOX to McCoy, and a $26 Hot Dog
We’ve all heard it said that things are “Bigger in Texas.” After living in the Dallas-area for the last two years working for the Texas Rangers’ Double-A affiliate, I will personally attest to the truth of that statement. However, during my time in the Lone Star State I can honestly say that I never saw anything as “Texas” as the recently unveiled $26 two-foot long hot dog that will soon be sold at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The dog itself weighs one pound and by the time you add Texas chili, caramelized onions, jalapenos, and a specialty cheese sauce, the meal is estimated to have somewhere around 2,500 calories. Who’s hungry?
Report From The Fort
By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news that uber-shortstop-prospect Jose Iglesias has been optioned to minor league camp and will open the season at McCoy Stadium. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the decision had to “do with a combination of Iglesias perhaps starting to go the other way in regard to his confidence, along with the continued encouragement gained from watching [Mike] Aviles.”
- This means that Aviles will be the Red Sox Opening Day shortstop with former St. Louis Cardinal utility-man Nick Punto coming off the bench. Iglesias, who has a .235 career Triple-A batting average, could use some more at-bats in the International League before becoming a mainstay at Fenway.
- PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson was also optioned to Triple-A this morning. Lars was in his fourth Major League Spring Training and has appeared in 24 big league games in his career. The former 18th Round selection in 2006 lead the International League and topped Sox farmhands with 80 walks last season. He tied for 7th in the IL with 78 RBI and tied for 3rd with 136 games played.
- This morning the Red Sox also reassigned right-handed pitchers Justin Germano and Doug Mathis and outfielder Josh Kroeger to minor league camp. I saw Germano start a minor league game in Ft. Myers and was impressed. He struck out five batters – two looking – and utilized a strong curve ball.
Have you ever wondered what a minor league broadcaster does from 9-5 this time of year? If you’re curious, I’ve spent the majority of today working on our Game Notes by updating all of our batters’ and bullpen notes. If you’re curious what the rest of our front office is doing, you can learn all about it thanks to Michaela Johnson, host of the Rhode Show on FOX Providence. Michaela has been here today working various jobs around McCoy Stadium: merchandising in our team store, processing ticket orders, arranging lockers in our clubhouse, even receiving a Coors Light keg order. Her “day in the life of” piece will air from 9-10 a.m. on April 5th.
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Finally, I’ll leave you with a picture of some passes that arrived to my desk today. My new job is now official.