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Quote of the Day: Is Josh Beckett’s thumb fine?

Apr 13, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

Josh Beckett, asked if his thumb is fine:

“It’s fine,’’ he said. “It’s fine. It’s fine. It’s fine. It’s fine. Jesus, it’s fine.’’

In that case I’m gonna assume it’s fine.

  1. crispybasil - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    No one has the guts to ask him about that facial hair, though.

    • daisycutter1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Or the shape of his head. Seriously, take a look at it.

    • marshmallowsnake - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      The way he pitched last time…

      Willie Mays Hayes: “We should’ve got the live chicken.”

  2. ajcardsfan - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Craig, I hate to contradict you here, but I think it’s fine

  3. uyf1950 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    He said it’s fine 6 times, he went to get a 2nd opinion to make sure it was fine 3 times. So is it really fine or does he need 3 more 2nd opinions to ease his mind that it’s fine? That the real question.

  4. jimbo1949 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Thumb’s fine, it’s the head that’s screwed up.

    • bigharold - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Or that he just sucks.

  5. fightingirish523 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Beckett is a overrated diva, plain and simple. All that promise when the sox got him and hasn’t lived up to it.

    • madhatternalice - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Is this a troll? Feels like a troll.

      Josh Beckett, since 2006:

      1 World Series title
      3 All-Star appearances
      2 top 10 finishes in Cy Young voting
      Average WAR of 3.2 (including 6.2(!) last year)
      Dude has averaged at LEAST 6.9 Ks/9 since he came to Boston

      I loathe the Red Sox, and RSN, but really, how could you possibly believe what you just wrote?

      • Victor's Secret - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        But, madhatter, that doesn’t fit with the narrative.

        Beckett, as we all know, is a bad influence in the dugout, is out of shape, and pitches poorly when it matters. Proof: September 2011, when he pitched poorly. (1-2, 5.48 era).

        Please ignore the rest of the year (12-5, 2.54 ERA, 147 ERA+!). Also, that year when he won me a world series (20-7, 3.27 ERA, 8.7 K/9). Also, 2009 (17-6, 3.86 ERA, 8.4 K/9).

        What matters is what has he done for me lately? Lately = last 5 starts. And that answer is nothing.

      • madhatternalice - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        Well played, VS :)

      • bigharold - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        “… that doesn’t fit with the narrative.”

        Except your narrative is incomplete by virtue of you ignoring 2006, when he was 16-11, with a 5.01 era and gave up 36 HRs, .. or 2008 when he was 12-10 with a 4.02 era. .. or 2010 when he broke down, .. or this year that started with him giving up 5 HRs in the first game leaving him with a 13.50 era.

        The narrative on Beckett needs to include that since coming to Boston he has yet to string two good season in a row together which helps explain why the RS haven’t made the playoffs the last two years. And, that’s if you count last year as a good year because although he had a decent record he contributed mightily to the RS collapse because he flat stunk in September.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I’m kind of partial to seeing him get lit up like a Christmas tree.

  7. fightingirish523 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    He was brought in to be an ace, and he has been good but ace no. so therefor overrated he’s a good number two. and yes he is a diva.

  8. xmatt0926x - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I don’t think Beckett is a diva at all. I just think he’s a straight up punk and always has been. It’s just that now as he ages his talent can’t consistently overcome him being a bloated, beer swilling jagoff. Yeah he’s been good to great here and there but has also thrown in a lot of poor pitching in the mix. When I think of the real aces in the game I just don’t see that inconsistency in them that Beckett has shown.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      I think you nailed it.

  9. Joe - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    “Oh, you mean my RIGHT thumb? That one hurts like hell!”

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Bwahahaha. Good one.

  10. aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    His nasty, arrogant attitude could at least be somewhat tolerated when he’s dealing on the mound (a bit of a standoffish, badass Clemens/Randy Johnson vibe)…

    …but when he’s awful (which isn’t ALL the time, mind you) it’s inexcusable, and since he’s NOT in Clemens/Johnson territory talent-wise, it’d be best for him to just eat a big slice of humble pie and work on earning his contract.

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