The duck boats rolled through Boston, then swam in the Charles River celebrating the Red Sox World Series Championship Saturday. One of the duck boats even found a new home as Jake Peavy purchased one for a cool $77,000. What will he do with the boat? Who knows...it could very well be his fancy new fishing boat down in Alabama.
Saturday was also the Arizona Fall League All-Star game. Two Red Sox farmhands, Garin Cecchini and Mookie Betts, were invited to play for the AFL West squad. Cecchini did not start, but launched a solo homer in the 8th inning. Betts started at second base going 0-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base. The West beat the East 9-2.
Overall, Cecchini is hitting .229 (11-for-48) with no homers, five RBI, two stolen bases and five runs scored in 13 games. He has walked 11 times, second most on the team.
Betts is batting just .205 (8-for-39) but has stolen a team high seven bases and has not been caught while playing in 11 games.
Slugging first baseman Travis Shaw, who spent all of the 2013 season in Portland, is hitting .293 (12-for-41) with three doubles, four homers and 15 RBI (second most on the Saguaros).
Infielder Derrik Gibson is still trying to find his stroke as he is just 1-for-22 in nine games.
On the hill, Miguel Pena has made a team high five starts and is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in the AFL.
Keith Couch has allowed three earned runs in 9.1 innings, a 2.89 ERA in eight appearances with a save, all out of the bullpen. Reliever Noe Ramirez has not allowed a run in 9.1 innings and has converted a save.
A number of familiar names who helped the 2013 PawSox to a North Division title are also keeping their skills sharp playing abroad.
Outfielder Bryce Brentz is playing in Venezuela for Leones del Caracas and is hitting just .125 (5-for-40) with a homer and seven RBI. He also has two doubles. Brentz missed seven weeks of the regular season after tearing his meniscus July 5th. Outfielder Ronald Bermudez is 2-for-6 in seven games playing for the Leones.
Catcher Dan Butler is playing in the Dominican Winter League for Toros del Este and is 3-for-21 with three RBI in six games.
Infielder Jonathan Diaz, who will get a World Series ring after playing in five games for the Red Sox this season, is hitting .316 (12-for-38) with three doubles and five RBI with 10 walks in 12 games while playing for the Gigantes del Ciabo in the Dominican Winter League. Outfield JC Linares is also playing for the Gigantes. He's hitting .194 (7-for-36) in 11 games with two homers and three RBI.
First baseman/DH Mark Hamilton is playing in the Mexican League for Algodoneros de Guasave batting .273 (18-for-66) with a double, three homers and nine RBI in 19 games.
Catcher Christian Vazquez has played in just two games for Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League and is 2-for-7 with a double.
Pitcher and Rhode Island native Terry Doyle is throwing for Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican League. He's 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA (5ER in 22IP) in four starts with 22 strikeouts while walking just seven.
PawSox ace reliever Chris Martin is playing along side teammates Bryce Brentz and Ronald Bermudez with the Leones and has not allowed a run in six games. He's allowed just one hit, struck out seven and converted four of five save chances.
Allen Webster is also on the Leones club with Martin and has made two starts allowing five runs in 7.2 innings with four walks and three strikeouts.