Gang Green

March 17, 2009 - 8:04 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Greetings and Happy Green Day from Fort Myers. The Red Sox are rocking the green and white unis in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a tradition that dates (in both urban legend and the Red Sox pre-game notes) to 1990, when Roger Clemens purchased green caps and stirrups for the entire team. That is what qualified for excitement in the days of yore in Winter Haven. Worth noting: Clemens (a No. 2 seed) is running neck-and-neck with Dave Stewart (No. 15) in the Pitchers' Bracket Challenge over on 38Pitches --  if you haven't, check it out. A couple noteworthy elements to the St. Patty's uniforms: Nick Green is, appropriately enough, in the starting lineup, and Jason Varitek is wearing green catcher's gear that will be auctioned at www.redsox.com to benefit Children's Hospital. The bases are also green, and seem all but certain to be auctioned for some noble purpose or other. The Sox are 6-2-1 on St. Patrick's Day this decade, though winless (0-2-1) in the last three springs. Against the emerald backdrop, the Red Sox and Twins will play Game 3 of the best-of-five Mayor's Cup. The teams have split the first two games. In case you were curious, the Mayor of Fort Myers does indeed attend the Mayor's Cup tilts. The lineups: TWINS Denard Span, LF Alexi Casilla, 2B Joe Crede, DH Justin Morneau, 1B Michael Cuddyer, RF Brian Buscher, 3B Carlos Gomez, CF Jose Morales, C Brendan Harris, SS Scott Baker, SP RED SOX Ellsbury, CF Lowell, 3B Ortiz, DH Baldelli, RF Bay, LF Varitek, C Wilkerson, 1B Lowrie, SS Green, 2B Josh Beckett, SP