Red Sox Notebook: Team shows admirable tendency in attendance

BOSTON – The Red Sox originally had no workout scheduled for yesterday’s off-day. Then it was an optional workout.But, judging by the turnout at Fenway Park, most of the team misinterpreted the meaning of ‘optional,’ with nearly every player on the playoff roster and those still with the team but not on the roster showed up for the 11 a.m. workout on a day that saw the mercury reach the mid-80s in Boston.”I think everyone comes for the fact that they want to get out there,” said first baseman Kevin Youkilis after the workout. “You don’t want to just take the day off because if you sit around, you tighten up a little bit. It’s a great day out. Eighty degrees in Boston this time of year is probably a good factor, or it’s global warming or something’s going on. It’s fun just to go out there. It feels like you’re in Anaheim. So, who would want to not wake up and come out here and hit and get some running in and do whatever? Because there’s going to be a lot more off-days after this, so you can rest up. Maybe (tomorrow) when we get in at 4 in the morning, it might be a better day to not show up to the ballpark.”After playing such a sharp – and brisk – game Wednesday night, Francona was not concerned his team would lose momentum with yesterday’s day off.”I don’t think (a day off) can ever be a bad thing,” Francona said. “I don’t think you forget how to play. We had two days off coming in. I just think every game, especially this time of the year, kind of has its own personality, own flavor.”But I was pleased. Every aspect of the game (Wednesday) night, I thought we played like we know how to play. Now, again, (tonight) it will be a whole new game. And it will take on a whole personality or life of its own.”Cashing in: Catcher Kevin Cash, 29, a non-roster invitee to spring training, takes nothing for granted in his first trip to the postseason.”Everybody keeps asking me about it, but it doesn’t get old,” said Cash, who spent most of the season with Triple-A Pawtucket before being called up Aug. 17, to replace the injured Doug Mirabelli.”Just thinking of going into Pawtucket,” Cash said. “I had to make the Pawtucket team out of spring. I was fortunate to make that, and I knew my role was going to be kind of more or less a backup. I was fortunate just to get playing time because (catcher) George (Kottaras) was hurt. And then to get called up, you never want to see a guy get hurt, but Doug went down, I get called up, and from there, it’s just been unbelievable. I couldn’t have thought of a better script. So far it’s been unreal.”(Coming out of spring training) I was pretty excited because I knew I was coming into spring training with no guarantee of anything, just hoping to get a job. I kind of had an agreement with the organization, Mike Hazen the farm director, that I was going to go to Triple A or they were going to grant me my release. And they’ve been so upfront and honest with me on everything so far. It’s nice to come into an organization that’s like that.”Cash has been impressed with the performances of rookies Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, and Brandon Moss.”You don’t see it very often,” Cash said. “But I wouldn’t say surprised because I got to see them play all year. Jacoby and Brandon, Brandon hasn’t played as much as Jacoby has, but even when he’s played he’s made an impact. And then Buchholz. I said two starts after I caught him in Pawtucket, he’s the best four-pitch pitcher that I have personally ever caught. The last two years, I played with Delmon Young and B.J. Upton (in the Devil Rays organization), and they’re both great players and had great years this year, but there’s something that sets Jacoby apart as far as a position player. I don’t know if it’s mental preparation or just the way he goes about his job. You could get a sense of that early on when he got called up from Double-A to Pawtucket.”When Francona and general manager Theo Epstein called Cash into the manager’s office Monday to tell him he’d be on the pos

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