By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON --Monday night marked the fifth-annual Beckett Bowl at LuckyStrikes Lanes in Boston, which raises money for Childrens Hospital Boston, thenations top pediatric hospital.
The star-studded event came on the second of back-to-backdays off for the Red Sox, thanks to Hurricane Irene and the teams regularlyscheduled off-day on Monday.
Everybodys focus on Monday night was strictly turned towardsraising money for children in need.
But with the New York Yankees in town, some baseballquestions were asked, particularly about the Red Sox extended time off beforethe three-game set.
Its huge, said Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Our travelschedules been brutal the past couple of weeks. Weve played 17 out of thelast 19 on the road. So its nice to be home. Its nice to have a day off.Yesterday, we didnt really get to do a whole lot. We were stuck inside for themost part. But its a good mental break for us, and hopefully it will help usthis week.
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Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.
He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.
"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.
Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.
WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.
Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.
“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”
The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.
For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.
“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."
The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.
He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”