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.