Waiting for Godot: The Beckett Question

It hurts to look at Josh Beckett’s ERA from 2010. If we stare at it long enough, we might forget his poise and prowess during the 2007 postseason. I remember that’s when a colleague who is a tenured Philosophy Professor, born in South Africa, commented on Beckett’s demeanor. He said, “that Red Sox pitcher is so inside himself. It’s amazing.” This is a man who hasn’t watched too much baseball but knows beauty when he sees it. (One needn’t go further than his garage full of old Jaguar convertibles.)This element of Beckett is not something that ever really goes away, only when he is noticeably playing through injury.

Godot_moon4.jpgAll last year, I watched games where Beckett seemed like he might be returning to greatness. It was a long wait. Just like the end of the play by the other Beckett. Vladimir says “Well, shall we go?” His cohort says, “Yes, let’s go” Then the stage direction reads “They don’t move.” There wasn’t much that changed. But if we look at Beckett’s stats, he has always given up a lot of home runs. After all, he has won 20 games only once.  At 30 years old, fans can hold onto their expectations for Beckett, somewhere in the 15-18 range for wins. The biggest change will be the comfort both he and Lackey will find in knowing their lineup is healthy and uniquely potent. We are still in winter and the stage is bare and it’s hard to know what’s coming until the big truck departs from Boston heading south. In this light, I am thinking  we will utter Vladimir’s words at the opening. “I am glad to see you back. I thought you were gone forever.”

df1bf7fcdf_beck04202008.jpg                                                                      Photo by Matt Stone

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One comment

  1. blithescribe

    I followed the link from your comments on the Blogosphere rankings post and am really enjoying your last couple of posts. I had to comment on this one first because the Waiting for Godot angle really caught my eye. I would not have imagined such an apt tie in with Josh Beckett beyond the coincidence of his name, but this really works. I appreciate your literary perspective on baseball.
    Kristen
    http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

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