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Josh Beckett is marrying a rocket scientist

Apr 9, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

So sayeth the Boston Herald:

Now, here’s something you haven’t read about the Red Sox $68 million man Josh Beckett: He’s engaged to a rocket scientist! It’s supposed to be on the DL, but we hear the Sox starter popped the question to Holly Fisher around Valentine’s Day when they attended the Daytona 500 together. … Future Mrs. Josh … works as a space-engineering consultant on the West Coast.

Now, it appears that Beckett and his future bride both graduated in 1999 from Spring High School in Spring, Texas. So reunited high school sweethearts? Perhaps. He went into the minor leagues after graduating and she left Texas for Florida’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 2004. While working at Boeing–right out of college–she scored a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering from University of Southern California.

The potential jokes here are so plentiful that I’m tempted not to make any, so I’ll simply ask: How many other rocket scientists do you figure attended the Daytona 500? Also, how do actual rocket scientists respond when someone else says, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do that”?

  1. BCTF - Apr 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    She is no Brian Surgeon

  2. BCTF - Apr 9, 2010 at 12:52 PM


  3. YankeesfanLen - Apr 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Rocket science and Ozzie on the same day- guess you’ve covered it all.

  4. Lionheart! - Apr 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    LOL he’s just like Steve from American Graffiti. Had to get those groupies out of the way before he settles his wang down.

  5. d - Apr 9, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Although – she could have just been going back to her alma mater for the race. Embry- Riddle is literally righ behind the track.
    them Smugger

  6. Prionogenic Man - Apr 9, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Rocket Science, maybe a little tougher?

  7. Ben Robertson - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    I used to teach writing at Georgia Tech. When I used that line once a student responded, “Rocket science isn’t hard.”

  8. Big Harold - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    I don’t know if that was intentional but that was dead funny. And, it’s neurosurgeon.

  9. dude - Apr 9, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    yhe, teh frist coment was teh bset

  10. Jimmy - Apr 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    I heard Papelbon’s engaged to a circus carny.

  11. Need IQ - Apr 9, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Does this mean that the average IQ of the family will tend to three digits?
    Sorry, couldnt resist

  12. Cochituate - Apr 9, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Who’s Brian Sturgeon?

  13. Slim Sticskinnr - Apr 9, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    who cares

  14. Nasty Boy - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    He should of married a surgeon , that right arm doesn’t look like it’s going to last the duration of his contract.

  15. TwinsMama - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    C’mon! We all know he’ll leave her in a few years for a younger physicist.

  16. Diego - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Talk about “geeks”, a science geek and a sports geek. I wish them the best. He plays for Boston, oh well, we can’t all be perfect!

  17. Diego - Apr 10, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Talk about “geeks”, a science geek and a sports geek. I wish them the best. He plays for Boston, oh well, we can’t all be perfect!

  18. riscifiguy - Apr 10, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Maybe he should get used to saying yes dear your right, your always right!

  19. waterdoc - Apr 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    And on their wedding night, she will teach him how to aim his rocket for a black hole

  20. dp - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    That shoots down the theory about rocket scientist being brilliant , if she’s hooking up with that hillbilly.

  21. Don - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    I give the marriage about a year. She’s bright; Beckett’s got the IQ of a gnat.

  22. Nick - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Embree-Riddle is practically on the same property as Daytona International Speedway. It’s impossible to go there and NOT ever attend a 500.
    The nascar thing makes perfect sense.

  23. Seansy - May 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Best comment ever

  24. Thats a NASCAR you be driving - May 25, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Don’t be knocking NASCAR until you try it…Boring is watching the Red Sox play baseball…and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out…

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