A month ago, it looked like BallparkBob look-alike Paul Byrd’s career was done.
At 38, and with 108 career wins under his belt, he had stayed in shape, but his phone wasn’t ringing. No text messages either. He was a family man about to set out on spending more time with the wife and kids.
But he finally got the call he was looking for from last year’s employer, the Boston Red Sox. When the Red Sox gave up on John Smoltz (perhaps prematurely) and Tim Wakefield suffered from an ailing back, the Red Sox needed another veteran hurler to get them into post-season action. They looked to the Byrd man.
Paul Byrd made two starts at Pawtucket (I once knew a man from there). Although he lost both games and had a 4.00 ERA, the Sox thought enough of the feisty veteran to bring him back. Byrd will get the start for Boston today when he takes the hill for the final game of the three game set at Toronto. His opponent is a pretty decent pitcher named Roy Halladay.
“His last outing, he threw 7 innings,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “He feels like he’s found a changeup that gives him more confidence. He’ll give you a good chance to win the game.”
At this point, we can’t recommend Byrd as a late season callup for fantasy baseball rosters, but if he’s able to beat the stud Halladay, we’d consider it.
Said teammate Victor Martinez who knows Byrd well from his days in Cleveland: “He’s a warrior.”
And, good looking too.