"I have yet to hit someone in the head and it's not on my list of fuckin' things to do."
The umpires said that resident badass Joshua Patrick Beckett was allowed to stay in the game yesterday after igniting a bench clearing confrontation with a wild pitch because "The Angels were the aggressors." While that might be true, we all know the real reason Beckett wasn't tossed was that the umpiring crew was scared of the Texan's famous wrath.
I mean, a man who is unintimidated by Angels manager Mike Scioscia - even threatening to fight him, at one point in the scramble - is unlikely to think twice about waiting out an umpire in the parking lot to, ahem, give him a piece of his mind. Or, barring rational behavior from the fiery pitcher, Beckett might choose to call up his old hunting buddy Mike Timlin and challenge the crew chief, Joe West, to a good old fashioned Texas duel. So, for all the posturing about Beckett not being to blame, it's obvious that the umpires were just too scared to offend the Sox ace.
But can you blame them? I wouldn't put it past Beckett to have thrown near Abreu intentionally after he had the gall to call time so far into his delivery. But does anyone for a second believe that if Josh Beckett really wanted to hit Bobby Abreu, he would have missed? The only surprising thing about the whole scenario was that Boston's favorite badass didn't go on to win the game by whiffing every remaining Angel and celebrating with a fist pump, an f-bomb, and a tin.
"Come on Mikey, we can totally take him... Stop being such an f-ing wimp."