March 27, 2006


Beckett turns up volume -- Hurler fires words, Ks (Jeff Horrigan, March 27, 2006, Boston Herald)

The Red Sox were hoping to get a younger version of Curt Schilling when they acquired Josh Beckett from the Florida Marlins, and yesterday Beckett gave a strong indication that he is every bit as intense as his new mentor.

The 25-year-old right-hander showed that he is not one to be messed with by nearly sparking a brawl with Ryan Howard when he mouthed off to the mammoth Philadelphia Phillies slugger and accused Howard of hot-dogging after hitting a deep fly ball to center field in the sixth inning of the Sox’ 3-2 win at Brighthouse Networks Field. [...]

“It’s not like I wanted to fight the guy. I just wanted to make the point that you look like a jackass whenever you hit a ball like that and you’re pimping it and you’re out. " [...]

With Beckett still chirping, Howard walked toward the dugout, finally throwing his glove down to prepare for a fight. Beckett attempted to ascend the stairs to meet him, only to be intercepted by teammates as a scrum formed in foul territory and bullpens emptied. Rudy Seanez, who participates in ultimate fighting during the offseason, led the relievers’ charge.

“I told him he was a little slow,” Francona said of Seanez’ arrival.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2006 7:29 AM

Reliving the Bill Lee-Craig Nettles scrum wouldn't have been the best way for the Sox to go into the season, would it?

Posted by: John at March 27, 2006 9:00 AM

Doesn't Beckett know the first two rules of Red Sox fighting:

(1) Keep face mask and any other protective equipment on. see Variteck vs. Arod.

(2) If w/o face mask, fight oldest, slowest, fattest man on field, and fight him. See Pedro vs. Zimmer.

He'll learn.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 27, 2006 10:57 AM

Nice to know the Red Sox have picked up an enforcer (Seanez), without having to waste a roster spot on Dave Schultz.

Maybe they can install a second phone to the bullpen, the fight alert.

Posted by: pj at March 27, 2006 11:39 AM