Beckett Just Plain UGLY!
This is the type of game where people can and do get hurt. And that's the last thing we need. Beckett was zany wild, and the final result of hit batsmen? From the Courant....
"It began in the first, when Beckett hit former Yankee Gary Sheffield on the elbow. In the third, Beckett lost control of a curveball, striking Magglio Ordonez in the earflap. Ordonez was taken to a local hospital and released with a left ear contusion.
"I talked to [home plate umpire] Larry Vanover when [Ordonez] went down," Beckett said. "I was just trying to pitch inside. I really only hit one guy. Mags was a curveball. Fortunately it didn't hit him in the neck."
Beckett, who allowed five runs - two earned - on four hits in 32/3 innings, nearly caught Inge in the head with a fastball in the fourth, after fooling him with a similarly delivered curve the previous pitch.
"It was like a blurred comet," Inge said.
It was also the final straw for the Tigers, and after Jones got Jason Varitek to ground out leading off the fifth, he took two shots at Drew, the second sailing behind the batter's box."
Peter here, and it was only a matter of moments before all-out war broke out and both benches erupted. I wasn't able to watch the game, for various reasons, so I don't know what was going on with Josh. But I hope that wildness is out of his system. FOR GOOD.
And what of Darkman? Again from the Courant...
"Okajima had his best performance this spring, allowing one run - an Ivan Rodriguez homer on a curveball - in 21/3 innings, with four strikeouts. "He hit it very well," Okajima said. "I know he is a famous player, a good player. He got me this time, but from now on, I know where I can't locate that pitch. I'm learning."
We need you in the 'pen, Darkman. So you take your time and learn the hitters. Oh, and the entire Courant article is available when you click on the title. I'll be back with more after a word from our Sunday sponser, 20 Mule Team Borax. It keeps hands soft and fresh. Just 29 cents at your local Five and Dime Store across the country. 20 Mule Team Borax. Your hands will thank you. And so will your pocketbook.