I'm guessing this is how Beckett looked today when he learned CC Sabathia was named the A.L. Cy Young. I mean, all Beckett did was morph into a combination of Sandy Koufax/Bob Gibson/Jack Morris this post season.
Too bad the Cy Young voting takes place BEFORE the playoffs start: The Commander of the Kick A** Brigade would have won hands down. It's not everyday you see a pitcher flat out DOMINATE in the post season the way JPB did this year.
That said, I can't really complain about Sabathia beating him out for the award: he had a great season, led the league in innings pitched, and beat Josh in every category except wins. I know, I know: wins are dependent on run support, who the other pitcher is, and whether the moon was aligned correctly. I GET it. The disciples of Bill James can rest easy.
Bottom line is this: Josh Beckett won 20 games. He's the ONLY pitcher in the last 2 years to win 20 games. And he did it for the AL East and World Series Champions. I don't care what the voters said: he's the Cy Young in my book.
However, what do I know? I wanted Pedie to be named ROY(done), Tito to be named Manager of the Year, and Ortiz to win MVP.
I want Silver Sluggers for everyone(sadly, only Papi won this time), DO and Remy to win broadcasters of the year, and that statue of Manny erected on Yawkey Way ASAP.
If it was up to me, I'd have Papelbon and Schilling in the Hall of Fame already, Tek lined up to be the manager when Francona retires, and The Large Father would be next in line for Sainthood.
Not gonna happen: and I'm OK with that. Just like I'm OK with the fact Beckett didn't take home the Cy Young.
Why? While CC earned the individual award, Beckett has cemented himself as a Red Sox Legend for life.
Congratulations on the Cy Young, CC.
Beckett got the ring.
Scoreboard? Joshua Patrick Beckett.