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      Grow up......
    Josh Beckett impressed a national audience with his 2003 post-season heroics. Beckett is a talented pitcher with the potential to be one of the best. Unfortunately, the wonder kid acts exactly like a kid. I was somewhat suprised to hear it, but people closer to the team have been calling out his immaturity for awhile.

    In this article, Joe Capozzi lays out the predicament of dealing with talented prima donnas, used to getting their own way. A relevant story:
    After coming out of a start against the Braves in September, Beckett was stewing over a hit that had been credited to Rafael Furcal.

    If Furcal had reached on an error, Beckett would have gotten a quality start. Sitting in the dugout, Beckett demanded Rosenthal call the press box — during the game — and persuade the official scorer to change the call to an error. (Never mind how many plays shortstop Alex Gonzalez had made for Beckett all year.)

    Rosenthal refused, so Beckett called the press box himself, then bad-mouthed the pitching coach to his teammates.
    All that to get another quality start in the stat book? That's the most idiotic thing I have ever heard. Maybe Beckett knows, but can anyone of you tell me who had the most quality starts in the league last year?

    Didn't think so. (It was Randy Johnson by the way) Why should he care?

    It always bothers me to hear about a ballplayer who follows his own stats closer than his fans do. That mentality screams of a player who cares for himself and cares only to get paid. He may be a great player, but I don't want him on my roster.

    Meanwhile, I still don't have internet access at my new place, mostly because the MLB-like monopoly that is the cable company keeps screwing up. So not too much writing from me. And since I work for The Man, who likes to monitor my internet use at work, no access there for me either. I should be back online next week, at which time the hotstove season will officially begin.

    Besides there's only been one big move, and it wasn't very big at all. It's the calm before the storm.