Manager John Farrell told reporters yesterday that Hanley Ramirez would be taking over a large portion of the DH at bats this year and the slugger seems to have responded in a way. Several people have been tweeting about how he showed up to camp today wearing a David Ortiz t-shirt.
It was very noticeable that Hanley appeared to be excited about reporting to camp this year and will be speaking with members of the press this morning.
Pablo Sandoval also reported today — though he had already been in Fort Meyers and made a big splash by showing off his new and improved fitness level. He’ll apparently be speaking with the press after this morning’s workout as well.
It’s a good sign that both of these players have made their way to Fort Meyers before the first official workout for position players tomorrow. While Pablo is in a competition for the starting gig at third base and needs to improve over his 2015 numbers, Hanley will also need to have a good year since David Ortiz isn’t there to supply huge power numbers.
UPDATE: Here is audio of Hanley’s press conference courtesy of the Boston Globe.