Nice to hear from Beckett


Nice to hear from Beckett

It was nice to hear Josh Beckett give his side of the story this morning.

Of course, he didn't say anything to make Boston feel better about what's happened these last two years, but I think that's the point: Beckett doesn't think he's done anything wrong.

He doesn't apologize because in his mind, there's nothing to apologize for.

And that is what it is. That's Josh Beckett. But even though he didn't win any fans with his appearance on the Hill-Man Morning Show, like I said, it was important to hear him speak provide some perspective and face a few important questions.

Personally, in a weird way, I just enjoyed hearing that he's still the same cocky jerk he's always been.

Even though there are rumors that his competitiveness has disappeared since getting married and having a kid (and there are hints of that sprinkled throughout the interview), I thought Beckett sounded as confident as ever.

"Oh yeah. I think I could have went today, " he said, "Jonny Lesters day. He pitched so well last time that it was kind of up to him when he wanted to pitch. He was going to go today on his normal day and Ill go tomorrow.

I don't know. Maybe it's not much. But there's something about the way he carried himself this morning that made me think that there's still a little edge and excitement left inside Josh Beckett, and that he just might be able to make something of these last six weeks.

We'll find out tomorrow.

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Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory


Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer


Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer

A Taiwanese announcer's call outshined Hanley Ramirez's homer.

In a video that made rounds on the internet Sunday, the Taiwanese broadcaster delivered a laughable response to Ramirez's homer.

"This ball is long gone! Just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!" the man yelled.

The hit took place a few years ago when he was in the Taiwanese league. He is now playing in Japan. But frankly, he many never have another home run as epic as that one. And he certainly won't get a call as epic as that one.

Watch the video in the tweet below.