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2:15. And the paranoia sets in.

Beckett watch.

Still no word on whether his foot is going to fall off or if he has elephantiasis like a missionary in Uganda I read about the other day.

Paranoia. Sinking in. Slowly. Efficiently.

“I could wake up tomorrow and feel like playing basketball,” Beckett said after the game.

And Dice-K could fly in and perform a rousing rendition of “Swing” during a Patriots halftime show, but the odds are not in our favor.

Maybe this quickly becomes much ado about nothing — or about nothing more than a start or two — but the Globe description includes enough to fuel a worst-nightmare scenario: “General manager Theo Epstein leaving (manager Terry) Francona’s office with a grim expression.”

A GRIM expression?

A long-term Beckett absence would leave Jon Lester as the unquestioned No. 1 in the Red Sox rotation, much like CC Sabathia is for the Yankees. For comparison’s sake, Lester is 14-6 with a 3.05 ERA, Sabathia 19-7, 2.97.

It gets sticky and tricky after that. Boston’s choices to fill out a playoff rotation would be Bedard, John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller and possibly spot starter Alfredo Aceves.

No. Andrew Miller is NOT a September pitcher. Lacky makes me have neck seizures. Let’s start Aceves and put Lackey and Miller in a cage.

Oh, Fisk. Be with us now in our hour of need.

But we’re still in the play-offs. Right? RIGHT?

Seven games in three weeks still is a formidable gap to bridge and the Red Sox might be able to weather an AL East-only schedule that also includes seven games with woeful Baltimore.

But in a September rapidly becoming bereft of races, Beckett’s ankle could be the key to at least a little excitement.

MIGHT be able to weather?????


Words of comfort. PLEASE.


  1. FireDannyAinge
    September 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    We are not winning with or without Beckett so I say lets give the post season to Tampa. Maybe they can take out NY for us because Texas won’t be doing ti. Neither will Detroit.

    Did you see this?

    I want to smack Bill Buckner. I should have booed him opening day in 2008.


  2. September 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    no. i am anti-torre-happiness. i have not looked up beckett’s condition in the past few hours. i am afraid. i love him enough for the both of us.

  3. Jup
    September 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

    The good news is, there’s no structural damage to Josh’s ankle… just a sprain. I’m cool with him sitting out most of the month of Sept. if he wants to be fresh and utterly badass come October.

    Why is it that John Lackey never gets hurt?!

  4. September 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Here’s hoping Beckett heals quickly…FDA, don’t give up the ship quite just yet. I’m counting on a Red Sox-Phils World Series. You never know what wackiness the post-season will bring…no Yankees. NO!

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