Matt Barnes wasn't in Boston last fall, but he certainly took notice of what was happening there.
Specifically, that the Red Sox were willing -- even eager -- to hand key postseason roles to youngsters like Brandon Workman and Felix Doubront as they marched to a World Series championship.
"It's awesome," Barnes, one of the wave of young pitchers about to crash onto the scene with the Sox, told Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi. "It really shows that the organization is making a commitment to the younger guys and that they really want to get us up to Boston to help the team win. It's one of those things that kind of adds a little bit of extra motivation for us, you know, when you see it on a personal level like that. So it's definitely nice to see."
And that could be why, when asked what he's hoping to accomplish this spring, he answered: "Just kind of get to know some of the guys; continue to work hard, and try to make an impression on some of the coaches and some of the players. That way, hopefully, when I get to Boston it's a little bit smoother of a transition . . . "
Not if I get to Boston; when I get to Boston. The Sox can't help but take notice of that, either.
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