Nick Cafardo has a piece in today's Globe on Carlos Peña and Rocco Baldelli, two New England products whose careers are headed in very different directions.
"I really think what helped me is spending that month with Manny Ramírez in Boston," said Peña. "I watched him and I watched how David [Ortiz] approached hitting and it was an eye-opener. I was struck by how simple they kept things.
"I saw Manny's approach and basically it's, 'OK, I've got a bat in my hands and I have to find the best way to hit that baseball where nobody is going to catch it."
"My muscles don't work as they should. They don't recover as they should on a day-to-day basis. It becomes very difficult to go out and be on the field every day. My body is literally spent after a short time out there, which makes it extremely frustrating, but it's something that's kind of a reality."