Relay race results in long ride for Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez

Rob Bradford
March 22, 2015 - 6:44 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had been cooking up the idea for some time. Sunday morning, he hatched the plan -- a relay race between two groups of position players that would determine the who was to make the three-hour trip to Jupiter Tuesday when the Red Sox took on the Marlins. "That's something I've been thinking about for quite a while, back in the offseason. Knowing where our travel schedule is going to put us," Farrell said. "I thought it was a chance to get a good conditioning day in. Looking for ways to have a little bit of a team building event. I think it accomplished all that, maybe more, the way guys took to it. nobody wants to make that bus ride so there was a little incentive." What it also accomplished was sending some regulars on the trip across the state, with the team consisting of Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Jemile Weeks, Jackie Bradley, Humberto Quintero, Quintin Berry, Rusney Castillo, Xander Bogaerts and Daniel Nava taking the loss. The competition came right down to the end, with Mookie Betts narrowly beating out Weeks on the final leg. The winning team -- which was officially identified by referee David Ortiz (who dressed in full referee garb) -- included Betts, Luke Montz, Garin Cecchini, Pablo Sandoval, Brock Holt, Jeff Bianchi, Deven Marrero, Bryce Brentz and Matt Spring.