Random Thoughts From MLB’S First 48 Hours

MLB's first 48 hours Big Papi and Obama

Here are my random thoughts from MLB’s first 48 hours of the 2014 season:

Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington broke new ground Tuesday when he appeared at the White House with the team to be honored by the President. Former GM Theo Epstein opted to skip both of his teams’ appearances.

Although Jenny Dell is no longer on the Red Sox beat, she too was at The White House today, with boyfriend Will Middlebrooks. One has to wonder if the South Lawn was littered with discarded sunflower seeds when the 2013 World Champions left the grounds.

Big Papi stole the show at The White House when he took a selfie with President Obama. Apparently, this is the first selfie the President has been in since December, when he and Danish prime minister Helle-Thorning Schmidt decided it would be a good idea to take one at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Our nation’s skipper mispronounced Mike Napoli’s last name (Nuh-POE-lee), but he has almost a year to get it right with Pierzynski when the 2013 World Series Champions return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the 2014 champs.

Los Angeles Angels hitting coach, Don Baylor, broke his leg while catching the ceremonial first pitch from recently retired Vladimir Guerrero on Monday night. For those of us who remember Baylor when he was the Red Sox DH in the late 80s, he’d have been much better off just letting Guerrero’s pitch him.

If you have $20,000,000 to $30,000,000 you can spare and you appreciate art, get to New York City next month when Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Rookie” is auctioned off. The painting shows pitcher Frank Sullivan, right fielder Jackie Jensen, catcher Sammy White, second baseman Billy Goodman, and the greatest hitter who ever lived, Ted Williams. One can only wonder what a painting involving Kevin Millar doing shots and Johnny Damon doing naked pull-ups in the clubhouse would have fetched.

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