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Saturday, October 1st, 2016

JOSH BECKETT GETS IT

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Over at Baseball Musings, David Pinto looks at the Josh Beckett deal and what it meant as far as win shares are concerned for the Fish and the Sox.

I will say that Josh Beckett gets it. He had this to say after his final start last night, a rough one at that.

Beckett, head down, walked slowly off the mound, and away from the criticism and mislocated fastballs that marred his introduction to the Red Sox. “I expect a lot out of myself,” Beckett said. “I get paid like one of the best baseball players in the world and I expect to be one of the best baseball players in the world. I’m not out there, just content going six innings, giving up three runs every time, everybody talking about how I had a quality start. I’m not interested in that.

“ I expect to go deep in games, eventually when Curt leaves here — who knows when that will be — I expect to be the Opening Day starter. That’s what I want. These are all stepping-stones toward that.”

When you contrast that with Prior and Wood’s “happy how I threw the ball” quotes after getting their brains beat in, I realize that I have to now consider myself an admirer of Beckett. He gets it. Kind of rare around these parts lately.

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