FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce are doing things backward.
They've already won a World Series with the Red Sox. Now, they're currently experiencing their first spring training with the club.
That's not how things typically work. Usually, a new player joins a team in the offseason, gets to know his new teammates in February and March and then begins the regular season.
Not Eovaldi and Pearce, however. They arrived in midseason trades, played huge roles in October (Pearce was the World Series MVP while Eovaldi achieved near-mythic status with his marathon relief stint in Game 4), and then re-signed with the Sox as free agents.
Only now are they finally experiencing jetBlue Park and going through the paces of getting ready for the regular season.
On Pearce's first day in camp, he parked on the wrong side of the ballpark and had to move his car into the player's lot on the other side of the complex.
Little things, for sure, but an adjustment nonetheless.