Grady Francona

Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox watches home run by Cliff Floyd of the Tampa Bay Rays during game two of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg -- BDD Photo Illustration; Jim Davis / Globe Staff
(BDD Photo Illustration; Jim Davis / Globe Staff)

"And you're wondering why Beckett is still in this game. And it ties it up at six. The two starters stayed in too long." -- 10.12.08, Dennis Eckersley on TBS

Beckett: 3-HR's, 3 Lost Leads, Banged Around Early and Often
Tito Simply Didn't Stop the Bleeding Soon Enough
It's Timlin Time Again. Mike In the Game... Over

Game 2 Box: Tampa Rays 9, Boston 8 | Extra Bases Recap
Josh Beckett and His 16.62 ERA Just Didn't Execute a Few Pitches...
El Caballitoh! Pedro Breaks Out for a Big Night on the Bases
It Was the Okajima of the Good Old Days
Wild Pitch Wheeler: Dan Is the Embedded Red Sox
Dome Run Derby: Sox Crack Four
Big Popup, Ellsbury Getting Nothing Done in St. Pete
R-Bay-I Machine: Jason Got the Sox Off and Running
Coco, 3 Hits, Nothing to Show for the Effort
The Youk Remains on Fire, 3 Hits Again

"What was Francona thinking bring Beckett back in the 5th, he set up damn near every batter with hitters counts thru 4 innings, Tampa could have had 4 more runs before the 5th. Beckett has been mediocre all year, the move was stupid!" -- 10.11.08, 10:51 p.m., reader Robert Stilwell on behalf of Red Sox Nation

"The Sox fired Grady little for leaving Martinez in to long. Francona should be fired for leaving Beckett in too long. what made him think that Beckett could get Longoria out Beckett should have been taken out in the third inning, bonehead decision by Francona." -- 10.11.08, 10:42 p.m., reader J Donovan on behalf of Red Sox Nation

BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg
(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

1. Thank Tito Again for Bringing Me Back for the 5th
2. Get Ready for the #%&@! Postgame Press Conference
3. Give Up Another Home Run Ball, and Another Lead
4. Throw Another Straight Fastball Right Down the Middle
5. RSVP for 'Greatest Postseason Pitcher Award' Ceremony
6. Go Straight to Arizona and Join API On Nov. 1

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