Beckett gets the big 2-OH
Good story tonight here in Tampa/St. Pete, with the ace pinning down win No. 20. All year long, Beckett has been the definition of stopper and in this one, he proved it again. Is there another horse you’d rather ride into October? I guess Cleveland has the best of both worlds now with two guys like that.
He got two bottles of Dom Perignon for his efforts — one from clubhouse man Joe Cochran, the other from Curt Schilling. "I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this champagne," said Beckett. "I’m a beer drinking kind of guy."
Beverage of choice aside, not only does Beckett get the win, but the Yankees lose a marathon game to the Blue Jays in 14 innings. Mike Lowell, with the New York game still in progress, uttered late Friday night, "I hope they play 20."
Remember when I basically buried the Yankees in the AL East after a similar marathon loss at Detroit that was delayed several hours by rain? I was wholly wrong that time so I won’t try it again. But you do worry about the toll it might take. And now Rocket Roger — who is finally showing his age — can’t go today because of hamstring issues.
It seems that Terry Francona gets bashed a lot in the comments section of this space and I guess that’s what happens when you are a manager of a high-profile team like the Red Sox. But to me, this guy does an extremely good job of looking at the big picture and doing what is best for his team, without caring what the public perception will be.
As the old saying goes, "If you think like a fan, before long, you’ll be sitting with them."
Here is the way he put it today when he was talking about the balancing act between trying to win the division and also just trying to get to the playoffs with a fully functioning baseball team.
“Our goal playing
this year was to win the division and then go further and see how far you can
go and hopefully win a World Series. Now that things haven’t gone very well the last four days. I don’t want to start changing my answers.
Winning the division is huge. It’s important. Does it mean you’re going to win
the World Series? No. does it mean you’re not? No.
"Shoot, the competitiveness in all of us wants to win at everything we ever do. At the same time, I’m not
going to sacrifice our chances of playing further on. We tell you guys what we
think we need to tell you and there’s some things we probably don’t. I, and we
will do what’s in our best interest all the time. Sometimes you have to scuffle
through a little while, we kind of limped through Toronto. I’d rather never do
that, but I’d rather limp then then a couple of weeks from now. That was what
was going to happen if we don’t start getting these guys healthy.”
Well said, Tito. It just seems that everyone is just so obsessed with the Yankees at all times. What would you rather do? Beat out the Yankees for the division or win the World Series?
OK, I’ve said my piece. Now I’m sure most of you will probably fire back at me which is fine. We all have our own take.