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That article has some interesting nuggets about Ortiz and Pedroia:

“Back when I played, I tried to really explain to him the benefits of it,” Papelbon said (12:45 in player above). “When you are under that much stress and under that much travel and you’re grinding your teeth away at night.

“I tried to get (Ortiz) to understand that when you can recover quicker, you’re gonna be better for the next day. I tried to always explain that to him, man. Early on in his career, all he would say is ‘You crazy a– white dude. You redneck crazy, man!’”
“Early on in my career when the doctors really weren’t getting evaluated and looked at and checked upon, pain pills out the wazoo,” he said. “No good, bro. I’ve been down that road. That is a horrible road to go down. I felt like every offseason I was in withdrawal when the season was over. This is a terrible thing. With cannabis there is none of that.”

Papelbon said he switched over from pain pills to cannabis about halfway through his career, around 2009 or 2010.

“I started to realize that this train couldn’t stay on the tracks. Ambien at night – Pedroia will tell you about Ambien, that guy will take an Ambien and lose his mind,” Papelbon said. “Look, cannabis has been on this Earth for as long as anybody can remember. It’s an all natural thing.”
 

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Former Sox farmhand Joey Meneses made it to the majors- batting cleanup for the Nationals today (he actually made his debut yesterday and homered). 30 years old, he has played in Mexico and Japan and was the 2018 IL MVP. Made his professional debut in 2011 with the Braves DSL team. Had an 863 OPS for Portland and Worcester last year. Pretty cool story to make the bigs after a decade of trying.