Friday, March 28, 2008

Beckett Looks AND Feels Great!

Josh Beckett pitched against the Double A team from New Britain, Connecticut (one town away from me!) called the Rock Cats, and he looked mahvelous, as Billy Crstal used to say. He went 4 innings, shutout ones too, throwing 47 pitches, 35 (!!) for strikes, while allowing one hit, striking out 6 and walking none. After seeing Lester and Daisuke in Japan, the walk total and the ball to strike ratio are refreshingly good ones. Josh "Baseball" Beckett's future plans are now NOT up in the air. This is from the Boston Herald...

"Beckett is scheduled to join the team for its three-game series in Toronto from April 4-6. If all goes as planned, Beckett then could make his first start of the season in the series finale, but, as Francona explained, “That’s not etched in stone.”
“I told him, ‘We’re going to include you in on this conversation,’ ” Francona said. “For me, it’s good because he’s healthy. He’s just trying to get ramped up for the season. Everything’s been great, that’s why there isn’t anxiety from that standpoint.”

Peter here, with, as Tito said, NO anxiety. We need Josh and need him badly. The Sox took their time to allow him to heal, and their efforts have been rewarded. PHEW! Boston plays 3 exhibition games this weekend against the LA Dodgers, a team led by Joe Torre. Saturday night, believe it or not, they will play in front of 115,000 people, dedicated baseball fans, at the LA Coliseum. After those three tune-ups, they resume their regular season on Tuesday in Oakland for two against the A's. Daisuke will start game one, with Lester taking over for game two. Both pitchers need to sharpen their control and put pitches in, or on the edge, of the strike zone. First pitch strikes are monumentally vital. I hope Saturday night's game in LA will, somewhere on some channel, be televised. To watch a baseball game played in front of THAT many people will be a treat to see.

Hey, it's Friday! Enjoy it. And by clicking on the title you will be directed to the Boston Globe's RED SOX NOTEBOOK, with all the news about Josh, Mike Timlin and JD Drew, who is still considered doubtful. Coco and Jacoby in center and right? A definite maybe. So click away, and as always, BE WELL.

10 Comments:

At 3/28/2008 8:34 AM, Blogger TBG said...

I just took a big deep breath after reading this...Good news indeed!

 
At 3/28/2008 9:33 AM, Blogger Sweet Caroline said...

Great news to hear :D

Thanks for leaving a comment at my Red Sox blog. On this game day off, I posted a bunch of photos of Fenway Park & Boston. Enjoy!

 
At 3/28/2008 9:36 AM, Blogger Sweet Caroline said...

P.S. No mentioning Billy Crystal since he became an official Yankees player during Spring training. He gets the "Johnny Damon" treatment now ;)

 
At 3/28/2008 9:44 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Me too, TBG! And to you too, SC. I know, I was thinking of his Saturday Night Live great imitation of "Corintheon Leather" Ricardo Montalban, wo played KHAN in the 2nd Trek film, the best one. And so much more.
THANKS for your comments!!

 
At 3/28/2008 9:44 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

......who, he tried to spell. (He is me!)

 
At 3/28/2008 10:50 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

Glad to hear Beckett is looking sharp. We need that!

I had fun on my blog joking about Billy Crystal when he played in a game with the Yankees. You might enjoy it...

Can the Red Sox top Billy Crystal?

 
At 3/28/2008 11:27 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

NESN is supposed to show tomorrow's game (a late one).

Josh will get one more minor league tune-up before he goes the "Blue Jay Way", won't he?

 
At 3/28/2008 11:38 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

They expect Beckett to pitch in an intrasquad game on April 1st in Florida. If all goes well, that might be his last tune-up. He'd then join the team in Toronto, and possibly pitch the last game there on April 6th, which I am guessing he will.

Check out my post today on where they are playing tomorrow night's game. Should be interesting!

http://rationalsoxfan.blogspot.com/

 
At 3/28/2008 11:42 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

Oops, messed up the link, sorry...

rationalsoxfan

 
At 3/28/2008 12:43 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Rooster, I'll check it out. In fact, I did! Thanks!
BFW, I was hoping to see it! NESN rules!!

Thanks all!!!!

 

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