17-6 with a 3.30 ERA. Ace of one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. All that with marbles the size of grapefruits.
Tonight, Josh Beckett established himself as one of the elite pitchers in the game: matched up against Roy Halladay, a Cy Young winner, Beckett did what aces do. He sacked up and slammed the door shut.
8 IP, 7 K's, 3 ER's. In fact, his pitching line almost matches Doc's: biggest difference? Beckett allowed 3 runs and Halladay allowed 5. For a pitcher, there can't be a much better feeling than going head to head with one of the best in the game and getting the better end of the deal.
With all the monopoly money being tossed at the Barry Zito's and Carlos Zambrano's of the world, Red Sox fans should be dancing in the streets that we have a 17 game winner with at least 3 more starts locked up for the flea market price of $10 million per year.
There is NO WAY Theo lets him walk once his contract expires: much like Schilling, Josh Beckett was born to pitch at Fenway.
In addition to all the excitement over Beckett, there's another youngster making waves in Boston. Jacoby Ellsbury, the ONLY player I've ever seen score from second on a WILD PITCH continues to impress: HR, triple, and a single tonight, all the while making web gem after web gem in the field. Even Beckett has noticed, talking in his press conference about kidding Manny he's Wally Pipp. For those of you lost at the mention of that name, Lou Gehrig had to take SOMEBODY'S spot.
7 games in front, with less than a month to go: all I'm hoping for now is a quick clinch so Tito can rest some guys and set the rotation.
Wow: that felt really weird to say. Usually at this point, I'm running 43 different scenarios around in my head trying to figure out how we even MAKE the post season.
Don't let anybody tell you otherwise: the view from the front is the best one of all.