BC, You’ve Been Beckettized

"It doesn’t matter if you’re playing in a media game or a college team or facing big league hitters. I actually told somebody that today. They told me, ‘You’re going to at least let somebody hit it.’

"No, I’m not going to let him hit it. I’m out there trying to do my job and my job right now is to get in shape for the season. If I’m out there facing a college team and I’m out there messing around or something, I might take that into another game.

"That’s not what I’m trying to do."

Watch out, AL East. Josh Beckett shows no mercy to punk college kids. You think he’s going to take it easy on you?

41 comments… add one
  • i’m with beckett on that one…his job in these meaningless college spring training games is to get work in…if farrell tells him to let it all hang out, or throw all curveballs, or not to throw his fastball more than 80mph, then that’s what he should do…then again, these games aren’t to show up the college kids, most who won’t ever see mlb competition again…they’re glorified workouts and roster try-outs for the borderline guys…

    dc February 29, 2008, 9:46 am
  • I just hope the Twins get Dice-K’d tonight. Ah, it’ll be so nice to watch some live baseball (can’t watch all of it, I’ve got tix to see Eddie Izzard tonight!).

    Anonymous February 29, 2008, 10:21 am
  • im not a fan of Beckett but he is right of course. He isnt a BP pitcher for a college team, he needs to do what he needs to do to be ready…

    sam-YF February 29, 2008, 10:46 am
  • Spring training is just that: training. Beckett gets paid the big bucks to do everything in his power to get ready for the upcoming season, and if the first step in that process is to dominate BC players for 2 innings then don’t hold back.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 10:49 am
  • I’m sure the players on BC (or any other college team playing in these traditional spring training exhibitions) wouldn’t have it any other way either. Getting schooled by Josh Beckett could have been the highlight of their week anyway.

    FenSheaParkway February 29, 2008, 11:42 am
  • Dice-K’d? You mean he’ll walk the bases loaded in the middle of the 2nd?
    Glad to see my Northeastern team get not as badly beaten as the punks at BC.

    AndrewYF February 29, 2008, 12:02 pm
  • highlight of their week
    More like highlight of their life. That BC starter is going to be telling his grandkids about the day he got David Ortiz to pop out.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 12:05 pm
  • Get ready to watch him succeed all year, Andrew. It’s gonna happen.
    And that was me, the anonymous entry up there.

    Devine February 29, 2008, 12:27 pm
  • You’re totally right, Paul, about that pitcher. I was playing it more conservative for the batters. I don’t know any of them, but I assume that getting blown away by Beckett won’t be the best thing that ever happened to them. I should hope not, anyway. But just facing an MLB star has to be a treat for them.

    FenSheaParkway February 29, 2008, 12:33 pm
  • Yankee game vs USF is streaming live online here:
    Last time they played USF was in 1982. Tino Martinez is a volunteer coach for them this year.

    AndrewYF February 29, 2008, 2:09 pm
  • AndrewYF, I LOVE YOU. It feel great to hear baseball again, especially during the last 2 hours of work on a slow Friday afternoon.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 3:16 pm
  • By the way, Santana gave up a 3-run homerun to unretired Juan Gonzalez earlier, which puts his ERA at 13.50. Welcome to the National League.
    AJAX is at-bat for the Yankees right now. I hadn’t heard of him at this time last year, so it’ll be interesting to see how the kid does considering how highly-touted he has been.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 3:18 pm
  • Sorry for the triple post, but apparently Igawa gave up a granny earlier in the game. The score is 9-4 right now.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 3:20 pm
  • I realize that ST games are totally meaningless and you never know really what a pitcher is being told what to do in any given ST game/situation. But…
    Igawa giving up a salami to a college kid is just funny.

    LocklandSF February 29, 2008, 3:28 pm
  • According to the radio announcer, Chamberlain is going to start the season in the bullpen. Did I miss something, or is he just wrong?

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 3:29 pm
  • “Now pitching, Kevin Quackinbush”
    That’s the funniest name I’ve ever seen. Sorry for totally spamming this thread.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 3:30 pm
  • If Kevin Quackinbush had been an Anaheim hockey player, I think I would have actually expired from laughter. Guess I should be thankful he plays Baseball instead.

    FenSheaParkway February 29, 2008, 3:48 pm
  • I was at a Norfolk Tides (AAA) game a few years back and there was a player named “Beirmeister”. If that man wasn’t meant to play in Milwaukee then no man is.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • I think we can mark Feb. 29, 2008, as the day the Kei Igawa experiment ended in New York.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 4:56 pm
  • Bill Quackenbush was a Hall of Fame defenseman for the Bruins and Red Wings inthe 1940s and 1950s.

    I'm Bill McNeal February 29, 2008, 5:25 pm
  • But Paul, it’s just ST, I’m sure he was just working on his eephus pitch!

    LocklandSF February 29, 2008, 5:30 pm
  • And to think when I suggested we trade Igawa last season, while he actually still had (gulp) a small amount of value left I was told it was a rash decision. Fantastic! At this rate we should be able to trade him straight up for a tee, a box of balls and 2 fungo bats. Cashman is a great GM and has done a fantastic job overall, but he ability to spot FA pitching talent has been awful!

    John - YF February 29, 2008, 5:49 pm
  • “Igawa entered the game today in the sixth inning with a 9-0 lead After getting an out, he walked the No. 9 hitter on five pitches. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs.
    Igawa then left a slider high that a pinch hitter, Eric Baumann, hit for a grand slam. Baumann had two at-bats all season and struck out both times. Keep in mind he was also swinging a wood bat and missed the 2006 and 2007 seasons with a shoulder injury.
    Yes, it’s only one game. But it’s more evidence that the Yankees tossed $46 million out the window.”
    —That’s from LoHud and Pete A.

    John - YF February 29, 2008, 5:52 pm
  • What value did Igawa have last season? Seriously, he had value that would get you back a C prospect. Now it’s a D. Considering that most of the money on him has already been paid, it doesn’t make much sense to not try to see if he can improve with you.

    Nick-YF February 29, 2008, 5:52 pm
  • I still say that the Yankees should eventually be able to get more than a bag of balls for Igawa. Some big-headed Rick Peterson-esque pitching coach out there thinks Igawa’s just a fixer-upper in need of a brilliant mind to teach him the right trick. Igawa’s current price is almost as low as a utility-grade infielder right now. Somebody (else) will take a chance on him. The Yankees should just keep him away from any flammable materials for as long as they can until the demand develops.

    FenSheaParkway February 29, 2008, 6:04 pm
  • I agree with Nick. The Yanks have already dropped the biggest chunk on Igawa. Now it’s peanuts. The last thing they need is another mediocre bullpen arm.
    Besides, Iggy K’d 2 kids in 1 innings today!!! That’s a K/9 of 18!!!!

    YF in Beantown February 29, 2008, 6:18 pm
  • Maybe Iggy just did not want to be confused with Beckett; that clears that up!

    Zooboy February 29, 2008, 6:36 pm
  • hopefully you guys continue to play your best baseball in these spring training tuneups…sweet

    dc February 29, 2008, 6:55 pm
  • Gah, Lugo leading off…I wonder if perhaps he tried to pull the ball and grounded to short (I missed the first three batters).
    Ahhhh, complaining about Lugo…baseball really IS back.

    Devine February 29, 2008, 7:12 pm
  • Matsuzaka…lead off single to left. Then pop up to left center…then chopper to him and he gets the DP started. Cool.

    Devine February 29, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • no gamer? these games count…….sort of……well if you’re the mayor of fort myers.

    sf rod February 29, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Varitek chases high heat! More familiarity! Glad it doesn’t hurt right now.

    Devine February 29, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • Will get a gamer up shortly.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Another popup, another single, another double play for Matsuzaka. All right, enjoy rod, if no one else is hanging out. Good night!

    Devine February 29, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • GOD BLESS COCO! Lead-off single in the 3rd inning.
    I love Ellsbury, but I really don’t want to trade Crisp. I honestly feel like he’s going to hit .300 this year, and would hate to see him do it for another team.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Sigh, I’ve missed baseball so much. Hearing Rem-dog announcing brings happy tears to my eyes, though seeing Lugo pop-upon a pitch in the dirt is making me queasy.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • Tito keeping things Asian–he sends Okajima out there to replace Matsuzaka. He promptly strikes out some guy named Buscher.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • I think we can mark March 1st, 2008, as the day the Jon Lester experiment ended in Boston.

    A YF March 1, 2008, 7:21 pm
  • Yeah, he sucks. Like that one time he clinched the World Series.
    Seriously, the dude can’t throw strikes for sh*t, though. Starts are Jekyll and Hyde.

    Devine March 1, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Hey, at least he didn’t have Zito’s line:
    2/3 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
    Kei Igawa? Jon Lester? I’d rather have them than the worst contract in major league history.

    AndrewYF March 1, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • Very true, Andrew. Just tweaking our friends a bit on the meaninglessness of Spring starts.

    A YF March 1, 2008, 9:12 pm

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