March 5 – Happy Birthday Erik Bedard
When it was announced that the Red Sox had acquired starting pitcher Erik Bedard as part of a three team transaction on July 31, 2011, you couldn’t blame the Red Sox front office or all of Red Sox Nation for celebrating. After all, Bedard was a veteran southpaw who had been good enough to put together a 28-16 record over a two season span with very bad Baltimore Orioles’ teams and in 2011 he would post his sixth consecutive ERA under 3.70. He had undergone shoulder surgery in 2009 and Baltimore had then decided to let him sign a free agent deal with the Mariners. He had pitched very well for Seattle at the start of the 2011 season until a sprained knee landed him on the DL in June of last year. When he got hurt, the Mariners were battling for first place in the AL West but by the time he returned to action, the team had collapsed, losing 17 straight games. That’s when Boston decided to send four prospects to Seattle for Bedard and inserted him into their rotation. He ended up getting eight starts with the Red Sox and he pitched OK in most of them. But his record as with Boston was just 1-2 and he was part of the team’s fateful September Soxplosion. Boston did not try to re-sign him after the season and he will pitch for the Pirates in 2012. Bedard was born on March 5, 1979 in Ontario Canada.