On Meeting with the Media

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On Meeting with the Media

Josh Beckett delivered another stellar performance last night. Despite the loss, he went eight innings against the Orioles, giving up only five hits, two runs and striking out five, while not walking a single bird.

It marks the fifth straight start in which Beckett has gone at least seven innings.

But a lot of the talk after the game was about not talking. The fact that Beckett skipped out of the clubhouse before speaking with the media. Here's my take on that:

Obviously, in a perfect world, Josh Beckett speaks to media after every start. After all, there's generally no more important character in any game than the starting pitcher, and in a night where Beckett went eight innings, you figure his voice is pretty essential in telling the story.

Then again, who cares?

Listen, it's one thing if Beckett sucked. Sure, he was the pitcher of record, but his performance was amazing. It's not like this is LeBron or Wade bailing on the podium after back-to-back losses in the Eastern Conference Finals losses that were due in large part to their failure to step up when the game was on the line. No, Beckett was great. He had nothing to answer for. And as it is, I assume he's pretty frustrated about the fact that his teammates have now scored a combined seven runs in his last three starts. Maybe he was better just sneaking out the door, letting off some steam and not having to worry about watching what he says or who he says it to.

More than anything, I can't believe I'm defending Josh Beckett.

But I am. That's what happens when you pitch like he has been recently. Nothing else matters, and hopefully it can stay that way.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.