Byrd plans to pitch in somehow
Veteran right-hander willing to do anything to win first ring
BOSTON -- Paul Byrd isn't picky.Starting work. Relief work. Janitorial work. If it helps the Red Sox win a World Series, the veteran Byrd is willing to do it.
"I'm looking for my first ring, and hopefully that happens," he said. "I'll do anything to get it. I'll carry a bucket of balls, I'll clean toilets, I'll shine everybody's shoes. I'll do whatever it takes." With Josh Beckett healthy enough to get the nod in Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Angels, the Red Sox aren't going to have to make a choice between Tim Wakefield and Byrd for that start. And Byrd was considered the less likely of the two to get the start, anyway. Byrd, then, finds himself in a long-relief role this postseason. It's an odd spot for the 37-year-old, who hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since the 2004 NL Division Series, when he was a member of the Braves. In that series, Byrd went 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA over two appearances. "It's OK," he said of the role. "It's not a huge deal for me. I don't take a long time to warm up, and I don't have to go through some elaborate routine to get started. I'm fine with whatever happens, and I've had a good amount of rest. My arm's fresh." Byrd, who began the season with the Indians, is still just happy to have a fresh opportunity with a contender.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.