Beckett gives Marlins hope

Updated: October 14, 2003, 8:27 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Clyde Haberman of the New York Times wonders how far New Yorkers might take their anger at all things Boston in the wake of Saturday's melee. He also points out that baseball is a sport that keeps people young but with that youth often comes immaturity.

  • It's pretty simple, writes William C. Rhoden, also of the Times: players should play, managers should manage and owners should watch. Any other activity on their part exceeds their mandate, but it's a hard lesson for wealthy men with an expensive toy to comprehend.

  • Josh Beckett has pitched the greatest game ever by a pitcher whose team is on the brink of elimination and that has Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle pondering a dream matchup with retiring superstar Roger Clemens. Both are native to that area of Texas or, as it should be called, the Fastball Belt. Of course, there is the little matter of the Marlins having to get past Mark Prior and, if necessary, another Texan, Kerry Wood, first.
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