Beckett at his best 

October, 3, 2007
BOSTON -- So often, the difference is the want to be great, like Bob Gibson or Tom Seaver, Luis Tiant or Orel Hershiser, pitchers who live for the pressure and the stage. We knew it was in Josh Beckett's makeup when he walked into Yankee Stadium and shut off the 2003 World Series, but Wednesday night's ALDS opener might have been better.

Beckett is consumed by greatness. Boston pitching coach John Farrell marvels at the way Beckett practices perfection in his side/bullpen sessions, and Wednesday he executed perfection against the Angels. Oh, he had very good stuff -- 94 average, four-seam, two-seam, cutter, curveball, change. "I didn't want to think about strikeouts. Just get outs and try to go deep," said Beckett.