Josh Beckett Retires at 34

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher, Josh Beckett, has decided to call it quits after a 14-year career. Beckett was facing surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip, and after missing the last three months of the season as well as playoffs, decided to make the decision.

The tough final season for Beckett included landing on the disabled list three times, with the final time being in early August. Beckett finished the season with a record of 6-6 and a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts. He came off of a 2013 season where he missed most of the year with surgery to remove a rib near his neck to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome.

Beckett was drafted by the Florida Marlins with the second pick of the 1999 MLB draft, and in the 2nd round this year by Brian Torchin in our fantasy baseball league. Beckett’s career accomplishments include winning two World Series championships with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and Boston Red Sox in 2007. He won the 2003 World Series Most Valuable Player as well as the 2007 American League Championship Most Valuable Player. Also, Beckett threw a no-hitter in May of this season against the Philadelphia Phillies. Beckett finishes his career with a record of 138-106 and a 3.88 ERA.

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Wounded Soldier Honors Fellow Veterans With First Pitch

Ahead of Game 2 between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, we saw one of the most touching tributes ever done for the first pitch ceremony. Wounded veteran, Sgt First Class Brian Keaton, threw out the first pitch in the same way a soldier would throw a grenade, while taking enemy fire.

The pitch was meant to honor all service men and women throughout the United States, and the world. Including those that have served, and those that continue to do so, as well as those that have died in the line of duty.

A fitting tribute, to kick of America’s pastime, and one that definitely brought a tear to every eye in the stadium. Have to thank Marnie Bennett for sending me the original link.

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