Player Profile – #44 – Boyd “The Rocket”

Boyd is one of the founding Regents of the Tapey Beercone, and also one of its most frequent players. He is one of the sport’s most recurrent pitchers although the results haven’t always lived up to his nickname, “The Rocket”, acquired from his time in the Piney Pinecone days. His pitching does not exhibit the highest speed, instead he takes an inning eater approach. He can control his pitches well, rarely walks batters, rarely strikes out batters, instead pitching to contact and giving his fielders their chances to make outs.

The Rocket making a precision pitch.

As a hitter Boyd has fallen in and out of success. He exhibits more ball control than any other player, and he can serve the ball to all fields at will. By default, he takes an opposite-field approach, waiting on pitches and slapping hits the other way better than any other player. In fact, at times he’s waited so long that pitchers have called strikes on him only to see him hit a ball foul. If the fielders are stacked against him and there is an opening on the first base side, he has the ability to change approaches and pull the ball away from the defense.

The Rocket in his classic one handed batting stance with beer in hand.

In the early stages of the sport, Boyd showed an ability to get on base, not the greatest hitter but not a liability. At the beginning a season 3, Boyd fell out of sorts and struggled mightily, but in the second half of the season just the opposite happened. Boyd found his swing again and had great success. His success carried over into the later seasons, though at times he falls back on his opposite field approach and is late reacting to pitches. This is led to more strike outs, but also more walks as he remains very disciplined. All combined, his skill set allows him to be an above average batter during any game.

The Rocket showing discipline at the plate.

At the height of his skills, at a particularly successful season three outing at Bridgeside Beach, Boyd tormented the defense by swinging with precision and making the fielders track long distances through the sand to retrieve the beercone. Playing against a two-man defense, with the outfielder, Eric, positioned at short stop, Boyd would stroke ground balls down the first base line. Once Eric reacted to this and started playing to the right side of 2nd, Boyd would in turn slice a liner into shallow left field, again making Eric trek a maximal distance to retrieve the ball. This cat and mouse game went on to the point that Eric, exhausted from running back and forth in the beach sand to the point of despair, would simple hang his head after each of Boyd’s swings, helpless to make an out. This played no small part in fatiguing the defense to the point that Boyd’s squad would make a huge comeback in the last inning, scoring 11 runs. Boyd played a critical role in that inning with four straight hits including knocking in the go ahead run.

One cannot describe Boyd’s characteristics as a Tapey Beercone player without mentioning his ability to anchor his team when it comes to drinking. Boyd has a constitution to match any other player, and is never one to take a game off. This has led to him holding the record for highest BPI in the sport’s statistical era, and there is no doubt that his quaffing abilities extend back to the sports pre-statistical times. He was awarded the Season 4 Cold One Drinking Award, and possibly the only reason he has never been named Beerpope is due to his constitution allowing him to avoid the tomfoolery and shenanigans which are usually associated with the granting of that title.

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