En route to the American League’s 10th straight victory over the NL in last night’s All-Star Game, Red Sox ace pitcher — and smokin’ hottie– Josh Beckett picked up the win. If you like the quiet, humble, shy, retiring types, who relax by reading poetry and watching Masterpiece Theatre and drinking a nice merlot, Josh Beckett is not for you. On the other hand, if you (like me) like your men tall (6’5″) and strong and brash and fiery, with a heap of cockiness and a whole hell of a lot of redneck, then Texas boy Josh is a man you’ll love.
credit: Kerry Brett Hurley
Tons more Beckett-y goodness after the jump…
This is the part where I tell you that Josh grew up the next neighborhood over from me in the far northwest reaches of Houston, Texas. In the boonies of hick country, y’all- I can vouch for that. And that he idolized Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens. And that he wears wranglers and boots. And has a lovely Texas drawl. And owns his own deer hunting ranch (he once won the award for the largest deer shot during the TX hunting season, a 14-point, 245-pound buck). And always has a dip can in his back pocket. And that he’s known to be rowdy with guys from opposing teams. And that he won the MVP of the World Series in 2003, and owns one of them shiny World Series Champ-eens rings from his days as a Marlin. And that he is leading MLB with 12 wins this year. Oh, yeah- and that he is RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING.
Yee-haw, baby. Because when Todd Helton, the self-described redneck of the Rockies, says Josh is a bigger redneck than he is, that’s a mighty big neck o’ red.
Josh At Work
Tongue of Concentration
Mountain Man Josh
Spring Training Josh (and his calves)
Rainy Day Josh
Baby Josh (in high school)
Cover Boy Josh
This! Is! Sparta! Josh
Thanks to Kerry Brett Hurley for the beautiful first, sixth and last pictures of Josh.