wore #61 with the Marlins. He wanted No. 19, but Mike Lowell already
had it, so Josh went with the upside-down version of his first choice.
Josh was named Baseball America’s 2001 Minor League Player of the Year.
Between stints in Class-A and Class-AA, he went 14-1 with a 1.54 ERA
and struck out 203 in 140 innings.
When Josh made
his first big league start in Houston, his family and friends showed
up in full force. The “Beckett Bunch” commandeered section
106 at Minute Maid Field, occupying 136 seats down the left field line.
two-hitter in Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 playoffs
was just the fourth such performance in NLCS history. The others to
accomplish the feat were Ross Grimsley (Cincinnati Reds, 1972), Jon
Matlack (New York Mets, 1973) and Dave Dravecky (San Francisco Giants,
The last pitcher
before Josh to close out a World Series with a shutout was Jack Morris
in 1991. With his Game 6 gem, Josh also became just the fourth hurler
in baseball history to eliminate New York at Yankee Stadium
with a complete-game effort. The others were Johnny Beazley (1942),
Johnny Podres (1955) and Lew Burdette (1957).
In 2006, Josh became the
first Boston pitcher to hit a homer since the advent of the Designated
During his 2007 playoff run, Josh struck out 35 hitters and walked only two in 30.1 innings of work.
Josh struck out his 1000th batter in 2008. The landmark victim was Brandon Inge of the Detroit Tigers.
Josh lost only one game at home in 2009.
Josh established a new personal best with 212 and 1/3 innings pitched in 2009.
Josh and Tim Wakefield shared the league lead with 11 wins at the All-Star Break in 2009. The last Red Sox teammates to accomplish this were Wes Ferrell and Lefty Grove in 1936.
Upon signing with
the Marlins, Josh donated $100,000 to the Florida Marlins Community
Foundation to start a baseball tournament, which is now named in his
honor. He has also adopted 50 classrooms through the Adopt-A-Classroom
Josh has been bothered
by blisters on his pitching hand in his career. To get rid of them,
he tried all sorts of remedies, including using Stan’s Rodeo Blister
Cream and sticking his right hand in a bucket of uncooked rice. One
theory is that the rosin bag may irritate his skin.
One of Josh’s
worst habits is biting his nails. In fact, it probably contributed to
his blister problem.
Josh owns an impressive
collection of baseball cards that numbers more than 10,000.
Josh is a huge
country music fan. His favorite singer is George Strait.
Josh once stuffed
30 pieces of bubble gum into his mouth at the same. Former teammate
Ryan Dempster then outdid him with 48 pieces.
Josh won the Muy
Grande Deer Contest in his home state in November of 2002. He bagged
a buck that measured 188.4 inches. Josh also likes to fish.
The Red Sox signed Josh
to a three-year, $30 million extension in July of 2006.
Josh appeared on
the cover of ESPN The Magazine in August of 2006.
Josh has a home in San Antonio and can often be seen at Spurs games.
Josh is friends with NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray. He met him through Red Sox owner John Henry, who has a piece of McMurray’s racing team, Roush Racing.
Josh has his own brand of wine, Chardon-K. It was part of a promotion for the Josh Beckett Foundation. Boston teammate Jacoby Ellsbury also put his name on a charity wine.
Josh and girlfriend Holly Fisher plan to be married after the 2010 season.