Josh Beckett's Birthday Gift Guide


Josh Beckett's Birthday Gift Guide

As you've probably heard by now, today's Josh Beckett's birthday!

And I know what you're thinking: What do I get for the guy who deserves nothing?

Well, don't worry. I have you covered. Thanks to some sharp eBay research, I've found five presents that will make Beckett's 32nd birthday a memorable one.

1. Beckett loves hunting. And as all great hunters know, there's NOTHING worse than when you're tracking a sweet piece a meat and just before you're ready to blow some brains out, the sun reflects off your beer can and scares the away pray. We've all been there, right?

Right. Well, for only 9.45, you can solve all Beckett's beer-related hunting mishaps with this: The Redneck Camo Beer Belt

According to the seller, the Redneck Camo Beer Belt holds six of your favorite beers and will fit comfortably around even the biggest beer belly.

And the best part? It's not only for hunting. You can wear the Redneck Camo Belt anywhere: The grocery store, the mound, your child's christening. And no one will notice, because it's camouflage!

2. Even though his reputation's taken a hit in recent years, I'm sure Beckett still signs his share of autographs. And being the massive money maker that he is, I'm sure Beckett's often in a position whether he's agreeing to a sponsorship deal, signing the deed on a new ranch or paying his tab at Krispy Kreme where he needs to provide a signature.

And what better way to spice up his Herbie Hancock than with a novelty rubber stamp? So, for only 99 cents, I recommend this: A "Body by Ben & Jerry" rubber stamp

It's funny because it's true.

3. As we all know, Beckett's priorities are in perfect order: Above all else, he's a father first. And not just when it's convenient. It doesn't matter if it comes at the expense of his reputation, his job or his pride. He can only play 27 holes on his day off instead of 36? No problem. It's an easy sacrifice, because that's just the way it is.

You have a child, and nothing else matters. The rest of your responsibilities go out the window. The world stops. It's all about you! So, for only 129.99, nothing says "Happy Birthday, Josh" quite like this: An autographed copy of Fatherhood by Bill Cosby.

NOTE: On the off, off chance that Beckett's not a Cosby fan, you might want to throw this one in the cart for an extra 6.

4. If there's one thing Beckett loves more than fatherhood, it's Josh Beckett. Which, for only 3,499.99, makes this the PERFECT present: A 2011 Game Worn Red Alternate Josh Beckett Jersey!

The jersey comes complete with a drool stain (courtesy of his trademark seventh inning snooze), a dime-sized hole (he was smoking a cigar at the time he fell asleep) and still sports the faint aroma of a John Lackey fart (which was delivered as a joke while Beckett was zonked out)!

Josh will be so grateful that you tracked it down.

5. A win.

It doesn't cost a thing, but it's the only way we'll ever move on.

And there's no better way to celebrate a birthday.

Followed by chugging down a cold one from this sweet new beer tap.

Only 19.95.

Here's to you, Josh!

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Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake