And we'll be welcoming you back for another 4 years, Mr. Beckett. I'm just so glad that The Sox got this done before the season really got into full swing and before the rumors started flying that I haven't even checked out the logistics of the contract. Is there a no-trade clause? Is there a hazing clause where Josh gets first dibs on all the newbies in the clubhouse? Is that hazing clause underlined with an anti-hazing clause that involves Tito having to step in to stop things from going over the line again? You remember, right Clay? The waffle iron. All that silly putty. There is a line, I know.
Most of all though, with this signing it gives the Sox the 'your ass is grass and our starting rotation is the lawn mower' power by having Beckett and Lackey signed through 2014 and Lester through 2013. 2014 sounds like the future, and not just because it's one year before Back to the Future Part II takes place, but that's 4 full seasons from right now. Sure arms can get hurt, elbows can need to be Tommy John'ed, backs can spasm, but for the most part the Sox have 3 kick ass studs sitting atop their rotation pretty much til Marty McFly finds out that Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers got him fired.