There’s an old saying that you’re not remembered for how you start but instead how you finish. This phrase is one that could be used in various ways to describe specific issues that currently hang over the Boston Red Sox heads. For instance, going into last night’s start Josh Beckett sported an abominable 10.69 ERA (19 ER in 16.0 IP) in the 1st inning of his starts this season. So without further ado, get your trophies out and the fresh batch of cookies ready for distribution because Josh managed to escape last night’s first inning without a blemish on the scorecard for the home team. Amazing right? For those of you who just answered yes…. Shame on you. While his manager will say otherwise and that it was a “Damn shame” that the team could not pull out a win for the Texas tough guy, Josh put up yet another mediocre start at a time when his team is on life support. He gave up a two run lead in the fourth by allowing three runs on five hits of which included a squeeze play allowing the Rangers to grab a 3-2 lead. With runners on the corners and two outs in a 3-3 ball game in the seventh inning his 114th pitch was of the Daniel Bard variety: wild and into the backstop. This could have been avoided had Bobby V had some testicular fortitude and realized when he went out to visit his pitcher moments before that he was exasperated with nothing valuable left to offer on this night. Instead the meeting was useless as maybe five words were said in the conversation all the while Josh is not even looking him into the eye. Beckett also pulled another one of his famous postgame escapades declining to talk to the media taking the easy way out yet again. Acts such as this do not happen in places like New York because there is a golden standard to which the Yankees organization holds there players accountable for. As much as I have and always will despise the Yankees, they are a prestigious team that will not tolerate any type of unprofessional nonsense from its players. The Red Sox management doesn’t want to press on their players too hard or put “unnecessary stressors” in their players lives because then they won’t perform. Bullcrap. These athletes are grown men not young boys. Ben Cherrington needs to (but never will except for in some far far away fantasy land) go into this clubhouse and light a fire under these guys asses that will force them to play for their jobs, careers and reputations. The relaxed approach that is being allowed to be taken by this team without a verbal reaming from its higher powers (from ownership to the coaching staff) is unacceptable.
Now, after losing two out of three games in Texas this past week, the Red Sox will travel to New York to play the evil empire in the first place New York Yankees. 5 and ½ games stand between them and the second wild card spot with only four days to make any moves before the trade deadline appears then vanishes. The approach that needs to be taken and will be taken are two totally different ideas. I don’t care if they have to pay 90 percent of his salary and only get a signed Ramon (not his older brother Pedro) Martinez rookie card in exchange; this disease of a specimen needs to go for the betterment of this organization. Whether they sweep the Yankees or not playing for that second wild card spot which will be a one game playoff seems to be a goal that is not very worth striving for. I may come off as a pessimist making a statement such as that, but I would hope any one that knows a lick about baseball and this team for that matter would agree. Talent is not something that this team lacks. Attitude and consistency however are. The finish to this road trip will be one that will be much more memorable than its beginning. Whether or not it’s a positive one remains to be seen.
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.