April 22, 2006
"162 GREEN BAY PACKER GAMES A YEAR":
Beckett feeling right at home in Boston (Jayson Stark, 4/22/06, ESPN.com)
Maybe it's fate that Josh Beckett has come to this storied place, with its ghosts and its history, with its 24/7 adrenaline monsoon, with its fabled 37-foot left field wall.
All men have their time. But not everyone finds his place.
And there is something about this place -- Fenway Park, Boston, the New England baseball repertory stage -- that feels as if it's been almost designed in the lab for this 25-year-old rocket launcher from Texas.
No matter how many years he pitches for the Red Sox, Beckett may never learn how to properly pronounce "Hah-vahd," or figure out how to safely navigate around a Boston rotary. But it's obvious he already understands something way more important about his new baseball homeland:
The magic of Fenway … and the fully enriched nuclear energy supply that is attached, free of charge, to all Red Sox paychecks.
For weeks, Beckett has been looking forward to playing in a place where he's been told they play "162 Green Bay Packer games a year." And now we're seeing why.
As he showed last night, he is still just 25 years old.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2006 5:23 PM
Seen Lester's numbers for the Pawsawx so far?
Three starts. Not pretty. WHIP up near 2.00, ERA near 9
He might be in the Sea Dog's rotation before he's in Boston's.
They certainly don't need him in the majors this young. The guy who'll be up and helping soon may be Jacoby Ellsbury in Center.
All the way from class A?
They should've just given Stern the everyday job, he's a better fielder than Harris and Mohr, and he can't hit much worse than they do.
Hee-Seop looking good for the Pawsawx, .972 ops and 3 dingers. Playing him at 1st and the Greek God of Walks at 3rd gives the Sawx a much more formidable offense, tho at the price of downgrading their infield defense.
Stern needs at-bats so they can see whether he's just a 4th OF. Pedroia culd take over ss too, if Gonzo doesn't get his BA up over .200. Choi & Youk will platoon.
162 Green Bay Packers games a year? Sorry, my liver couldn't take it.
Ellsbury is still in A ball, and Wily Mo Pena, who can't be optioned to the minors, needs all the available major league fielding/batting time.
The guys who will be coming up are the pitchers -- Delcarmen in the bullpen, Alvarez for spot starts, Hansen as soon as gets another pitch or the team gets desperate, maybe Cla Meredith again.
Don't be surprised to see Ellsbury in CF and Coco in RF in the second half if they have a chance to win it all.
Well they did manage 82 home games last year David.
I suspect that if they keep hitting and scoring runs at their present anemic rate, the Sawx will only have the 81 games at the Fens this season. Maybe less if a game or two that won't affect the standings gets rained out.