Bob Gibson. Sandy Koufax. Jack Morris. Curt Schilling.
Joshua Patrick Beckett. With what he's done this post season, combined with what he did in 2003 while he was with the Marlins, Beckett now resides among those men as one of the greatest all time playoff pitchers.
Who else would you rather have than the foul mouthed Texan on the mound to start Game 1? Cocky, confident, poised, and oh yeah, REALLY good. Back in June, Beckett matched up against Jeff Francis, the Rockies starting pitcher tonight, and lost. I'll bet you ten to one he is STILL ticked about that: probably drifted off to sleep last night yelling "FYYO" at Rockie players instead of counting sheep.
I keep hearing how Francis is a really good pitcher and this won't be easy, and that may be true: I just keep thinking about how we were all concerned about Sabbathia and Carmona, and that turned out pretty good. I can guarantee you that playing in Fenway now is NOTHING like playing there in June. The Sox have 3 players on their roster who have been World Series MVP's: Schilling, Manny, and Beckett. The Rockies have one guy, Wily Tavares, who has even PLAYED in a World Series.
Welcome to the big time fellas.
Finally, Beth over at SG posted a article from Esquire.com today that may be the funniest thing I've ever read.