*Picture from Yahoosports.com*
After dominating for 8 2/3 innings, the Commander of the FU brigade was none too happy about not being able to get the complete game win, and he wasn't humble about his outing:
"I was mad at myself when I came out, but it's hard to find anything really wrong with that game," Beckett said. "They weren't exactly crushing the ball in the ninth inning, either. I'm very happy with the way I pitched."
Man, is watching this guy pitch a pleasure: after taking one in the marbles last night, Beckett came out and OWNED the Orioles today. Knowing you've got that guy who will be the stopper when you need to get a win is an awesome feeling, and Beckett didn't disappoint.
8 hits, 8 K's, 2 R, and 0 BB: and he got one out away from the complete game win. That is just flat out demoralizing if you were sitting in the other dugout, and he does it with style. Stomping around the mound, yelling and cursing to himself, and while he didn't show Tito up when he came out to get him, the look on his face in the picture is priceless. Sorry, I think it's OK that the ace of the staff is furious at himself for not being able to finish what he started: that's the type of mentality that'll win you a championship. Don't believe me? See Curt Schilling, circa 2001 and 2004: he's not sharing recipe's with Beckett when you see him bending his ear in the dugout.
Forget some of the bone headed moves Theo has made since becoming the GM: getting Beckett to agree to a 3 year, $30 million dollar extension last year looks like the biggest bargain since the Twins released Big Papi. The Red Sox have the only 15 game winner in MLB locked up for the rest of this year and '08/'09 at a bargain basement price for an elite pitcher.
Tomorrow brings Schilling vs. Steve Trachsel.
Me? I'm betting on Father Curt.