The worst kept secret in Boston sports these days is Josh Beckett’s love and affection for things other than baseball; golf, fried food and Beer. Unless he is trying to do his best Jon Daly impression, Beckett is failing miserably as an employee of the Boston Red Sox.
The Spring, Texas native found himself in bunker, figuratively and literally speaking, earlier this week when reports surfaced about him going golfing with teammate Clay Buchholz after he had been scratched from his upcoming start that Saturday due to lat tightness….hmm. he declined to comment about the reports prior to his start against the Indians at Fenway Park last night which was of no surprise to myself and the rest of the Boston sports world knowing that Beckett redefines the word shameless in the Webster’s Dictionary.
Instead, he toed the rubber going a whopping 2 and 1/3 innings giving up seven runs on seven hits while only recording seven outs. Needless to say that kind of performance was not taken kindly by Red Sox Nation as they showered the Texas tough guy with a deafening amount of boo’s, and rightfully so. Most people in this world like to redeem themselves and prove people wrong when they are called out for being in the wrong. That’s where this sad individual differs from the ordinary. He does not care what people think or say about him. At this point in his career he has won two World Series titles, a World Series MVP and an ALCS MVP to put on his resume. A sense of entitlement is obvious when it comes to describing Josh Beckett. While the Red Sox organization and fans are surely grateful for all the things he has accomplished pitching in that uniform, he is not the pitcher or person he once was. He earned his big pay day in 2010 when he signed his 4 year, $68 million dollar extension with the team based on his accolades in years past. This is the point in time where the “What have you done for me lately?” formula comes into play.
While he may have been talked about in Cy Young discussions at various points during the 2011 season, Beckett’s greasy fingertips produced horrible contributions on and off the field in the month of September, these of which are the freshest memories cemented in those who follow this team. He is being paid by John Henry and Tom Warner to perform as an ace not like a chump. With 2012 being his 11th year in the big leagues he has accrued veteran status which most often times in sports means you lead by example for the younger teammates that you go to battle with. Once again that’s not the case with big bad Beckett. The guy could not even muster an ounce of accountability when facing the media after last night’s joke of a performance that he put on for the hometown crowd. In his mind what he wants to do on his off days is his own business and not a single person should care about what he does. It’s downright sickening to encounter an act such as this one going on with Josh Beckett right now. If somebody doesn’t speak up in that organization and take initiative in calling out one of their highest paid employees for acting like a nine year old child, this team will continue in the downward spiral it is currently plummeting in.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.