You can’t beat today. I’m searching, searching, searching for a cloud and can’t find one. And, oh yeah, the pitching matchup isn’t bad either. Beckett vs. Peavy. I’m thinking you’ll see this one again in San Fran on July 10 if you catch my drift.
At any rate, it will offically be Kason Gabbard on Tuesday and not Jon Lester. It just made more sense at this time, I’ll get into that more later.
It’s very sad to hear about the passing of Rod Beck, the former Red Sox right-hander (1999-2001) who was just 38 years old. Spoke with Jason Varitek about it before the game.
"He was such a great teammate. A great guy. I’m just a
little lost for words.”
By the time Beck got to Boston, he didn’t have the same heat he displayed in his years of dominance for the Giants.
different ways to succeed," said Varitek. "He could pitch. Moreso, he was just such a great
teammate. A great person to be around. I just can’t say enough about what a
great teammate he was.”
“Besides, his numbers are going to show what a great baseball
player he was. He was such a joy to be around and to compete with.”
Does everyone remember when Beck was traded to the Red Sox on Aug. 31, 1999? The next day, he actually arrived at Fenway in mid-game and Varitek actually didn’t meet the man until he came to the mound for the save opportunity to start the ninth.
“My eyes were this
big. I have to catch Rod Beck right now," Varitek remembered Sunday.
Beck was one of those real down and dirty baseball guys. He just loved the game. I remember when Bernie Williams took him deep in the 10th inning of Game 1 of the 1999 ALCS. Beck had a great way of keeping it in perspective. Some battles you’re going to win, some you’ll lose. I guess that’s why his teammates always seemed to enjoy him so much. Any way, it’s just real sad.
Tim Wakefield was pretty close to Beck, and as you can well understand, looked pretty distraught before the game. This is the second time some of the Red Sox have lost a former teammate this season. Josh Hancock died in April.
Talk to you later,