Josh Beckett a hero once again

The 2003 World Series is one of my favorites. I’ll never forget Josh Beckett’s magnificent performance in Game 6 where he threw a complete game and even tagged out the final batter to win that game and World Series MVP.

Beckett has always been in the public eye. Out of high school he was drafted second overall by the Florida Marlins and was immediately a top prospect. The player drafted ahead of him was Josh Hamilton by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Because of that, they have had a connection forever. While Hamilton was out of baseball due to some sad personal issues, a lot of people criticized Tampa Bay for passing on Beckett.

After Beckett played for Florida, I stopped liking him especially on Boston. However, I did like when he was traded to the Dodgers. Not because I like the Dodgers, but because they play in the NL West and I happened to be in Denver when he was traded and I got to see his first start as a Dodger where they lost 10-0 against the Colorado Rockies. I’ve seen him pitch three times total (1-1, 3.78 ERA and 15 strikeouts). My favorite thing is seeing legends play. A no-hitter is one of the rarest moments in sports. This along with his two World Series rings, his World Series MVP, and where he was drafted makes him a legend in my book.

It was nice to see one of the great players in the MLB pad his resume with a no-hitter.

Book it! Padres are gonna blow your mind and win the division

I think the San Diego Padres will finish first in the division and host the playoffs this coming season. They have a solid rotation, bullpen and starting lineup.

The Padres have a secret weapon in reliever Nick Vincent. Hes virtually unknown but he has put up fantastic numbers. In just over 72 career inning, Vincent has a 1.98 earned run average. Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street each are safe but I think Vincent is better then Dale Thayer and that Vincent will get more important work then Thayer. The Padres recently acquire left handed specialist Alex Torres.

The rotation was pretty strong last season but this year they have added Josh Johnson. He will join Ian Kennedy, Eric Stults, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross as starters in the rotation. If everything goes to plan that could be one of the best rotations in baseball. I think that everything will go right and that those five starters will average 16 wins.

The Padres start the season on Sunday Night Baseball which could be huge. The Dodgers are coming to town and theirs a 99 percent chance that Clayton Kershaw will be pitching. If the Padres can get to him and win this this game there mentality for the season would be, “We can do this, we can beat anyone.”

The bats are waiting to explode. This will hopefully be the ear that Carlos Quentin finally stays healthy and hits a lot of home runs. Even if he gets hurt again I’m not worried. I have seen every one of the hitters show flashes of greatness. The Padres are about to win and surprise people just like the Seahawks did when nobody took them seriously.

Buster Olney predicted the Padres to go to the playoffs. I agree. I think they will go an incredible 99-63 and win the division.