Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett baseball painting is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas.
There is always that observation that baseball-is-a-metaphor-for-life. A young baseball player goes out and plays through his youth and when he gets old enough he tries to make a living at it. He makes a team. He has good days and bad days. He goes home and his wife and children are happy to see him. When he plays he is part of a team of workers but he has his individual job to do, pitch, strike, hit, catch, etc. - all of which he does on his own. There is nobody to help him on those things. Either he has learned his skills or not. Yes, his co-workers help him out on some of his skills, but the bottom line is - he is on his own. Josh Beckett says to others, "... I just tell them, 'You have to deal with some of this and some of that, but you're going to get this and get that.''
Here it is, time for the LA Dodgers post-season play-off, a run toward the World Series and there is no Josh Beckett, who, at 23 received the award as the 2003 World Series MVP while with the Marlins, and with the Red Sox for the win in the 2007 World Series. - At 34 this season he pitched a no hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25.
Living in Los Angeles most of my life it would be nice to see the Dodgers, who have not won a World Series since Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda did so in 1988, get a good jump at the series. "I think we're going to get to the Fall Classic," Lasorda said, "and then the Big Dodger in the sky can take me away!" But Beckett won't be there to help them out with that challenge.
Beckett was one time speaking about his time with the Red Sox and, his winning the World Series. "There are only about 45 guys who have won a World Series (as a Red Sox) in about 100 years," he said. "I know they want to win a World Series every year, but it doesn't happen. It doesn't happen anywhere. I don't care how much money you spend. I think if you look back I feel very honored I got to win a World Series ... because who knows how long it will be again? Shoot, it might be next year, it might be another 100 years. I don't know." For Beckett there may never be another time.
With Beckett it would be such an easier task but the variety of injuries and the time spent in rehabilitation did not make for a nice ending to the season for Beckett. And it looks like he will be in for surgery again next year with a long time-out. He has said that this may be his last year playing. Josh does become a free agent but retirement may be the way he goes.
Becket said, "As far as the future goes, for next year, I think I'm going to have to think about that and talk to my wife a little bit more...... I think the decision would have been more difficult if health had not been an issue. The last three years have been just been one thing after another for me. When we do get to the off season, the decision will be tough, but it still makes it a little easier." In a different context but similar circumstances Josh said this about change, "As much as I'm looking forward to the next chapter, I enjoyed the last one. Even during the tough times I met so many people who were just awesome. They were real fans."
I always liked what Beckett had to say about his pitching and which could apply to almost anything anyone does. He said, “I think I've always been prepared for this. I know what I have to do. You can't make rocket science out of it. You just have to execute pitches. Don't let exterior distractions in. It just takes away from what you're trying to do.”
Josh Beckett's season and his career may be over. "Everybody has to make up their own mind." Beckett says, " It's a special place to play. As much as I'm looking forward to the next chapter, I enjoyed the last one. Even during the tough times I met so many people who were just awesome."