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“This is a place that I’ve wanted to play in for a while,” Jenks said. “Once the opportunity came up here, I jumped right on it. It wasn’t a matter of the money or years. That had nothing to do with the decision to come here. I wanted to play baseball for the Red Sox. I got that opportunity and I jumped on it.”
“I’m not here to step on his (Papelbon) toes,” Jenks said more than once. “If those questions do come up, it’s going to come down to the decision of the management and whatever they think is best for the team. If that means doing whatever it means, they’re doing it for their own reasons.”
Jenks also jokingly touched on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry and made it clear that he’s always only had one horse in that race.
“I don’t want to go into the whole Red Sox-Yankees battle just yet, but I’d rather be a Red Sox, for sure,” he said with a broad smile. “I know you guys want it and the fans want it, but I’d rather be here than anywhere on the East Coast. Let’s just leave it at that.”
There's no better indication of a franchise's standing than players who bypass better individual opportunities to sign with the organization.
While somewhat successful, the White Sox are/were a volatile organization. Manager Ozzie Guillen and GM Kenny Williams are no strangers to controversy. Aside from history and success, Jenks may have sought out the stability the Red Sox bring. If you are looking for the polar opposite of Ozzie Guillen, it's Terry Francona.
Related link: ESPN Boston - Jenks not here to step on toes |
On Page 2, Clay Buchholz earned himself a good parking spot.
There are only a handful of parking spots close to the back door of the clubhouse at the Red Sox player development complex. No scrubs are allowed there, only established players.
When Clay Buchholz pulled in Friday, he bypassed the parking lot out front and stopped a few feet from the door to unload his gear. Winning 17 games last season afforded him that perk.
As pitchers and catchers report today, Buchholz also will get the luxury of preparing for the season during spring training and not having to earn a job.
“It definitely feels different. It feels good,’’ he said yesterday. “It feels good to have a full season under my belt, feeling that I belong in this position and feeling like the team has a little bit of confidence in me going into spring training.
While Clay doesn't have to worry about fighting for a spot in the rotation, he is facing a new type of pressure. The pressure to deliver. We are expecting big things from him this year. With Lackey and Beckett relative question marks, the Sox will need Clay to - at the very least - duplicate his performance from last season.
Related link: WEEI - For Buchholz, year makes world of difference
The rest of the links:
WEEI - New weapon for Michael Bowden | A glimpse of what Sox are getting in New Zealand softball player | Hardball Talk - Sox near deal with Japanese lefty | ESPN Boston - Your guide to pitchers and catchers | Globe - Crawford works hard | Snow comparison: Florida is better | Herald - Lefties cause big headache |