The Red Sox dropped another one in Texas last night, as Josh Beckett pitched decently before giving up the go-ahead run in the 7th inning on a wild pitch as the Rangers beat Boston 5-3.
Following the game, Beckett once again did not make himself available to the media, a fact that was decried in the usual fashion by the scribes. I’ll say it again, in my opinion, some players are just better off not talking to the media, and I think Beckett is one of those players. Some can say he’s ducking accountability by not speaking with reporters, which I can see, but I think he’s actually saving himself from further trouble by muzzling himself in these situations.
What’s he going to say in these situations? What possible insight could he deliver in one of these sessions? He’s not that type.
Peter Abraham gamely attempted to explain last night why it’s important for Beckett to speak to the media:
I do find it a little undignified that they chased Beckett out to the bus, but the effort was made, I guess.
(How did that go down, exactly? “Hey, Beckett’s not here! Think he went out to the bus? Let’s go find out! Yeah! Let’s go! There he is! Get him!!“)
Clarification – Abraham was the only reporter to go outside to seek Beckett, and walked (not chased or ran) up to him after he was done with his family. What happened then is described below in his Extra Bases entry on Beckett:
Beckett left the clubhouse before reporters were allowed in. A team official said he was not available. But Beckett was spotted in the concourse outside the clubhouse, posing for photos with family and friends.
Beckett was approached as he was walking alone to the team bus. He said he was trying to throw the pitch for a strike and “just yanked it.” He refused to answer further questions.
Beckett left it to his teammates and Valentine to speak about a mistake they didn’t make. That lack of accountability has become a common practice for Beckett this season. The righthander is now 5-9 and has one victory in his last nine starts.
Abraham went on further about why he feels Beckett is wrong not to speak to the media, and had quite a conversation with a few fans on Twitter about the situation. Here are a few, but it’s worth checking out his timeline for more. @PeteAbe
Look, I get it. I know why reporters want to talk to Beckett after the game, and I agree that at least attempting to find out more about the wild pitch that lost the game is important to them.
At the same time, I don’t buy the whole argument that Beckett not speaking places a greater burden on his teammates to answer the questions, and I find the notion of complaining about it on Twitter afterwards a bit unseemly.
Josh Beckett is not a popular figure around these parts, (Gerry Callahan said this morning he’d root for Penn State ahead of Beckett at this point.) I’ve had enough of his act on the field, and I think he and the Red Sox would be better off parting ways at this point. His attitude is horrible, and his performance has not been good enough for him to behave the same way he did when he was successful.
But I also understand why he would not wish to speak to reporters, and that he would likely only get himself in further trouble if he did speak with them extensively.
If they can get 75 cents on the dollar for him in the trade market, I think the Red Sox need to seriously explore that.
The idea that the Red Sox still fancy themselves contenders, and perhaps point to a team like St. Louis of last year as an example of how a team can sneak into the postseason and win it all is scary. I don’t know much about how the Cardinals were last year, but I suspect they never went through the type of turmoil and inner upheaval that this Red Sox team has. I also suspect that the Cardinals were in general, a band of over-achievers, whereas this group of Red Sox are under-achievers. The comparison is flawed. I don’t see the Red Sox putting together any sort of sustained run over the final two plus months of the season.
However, I don’t see the Red Sox making any major moves before next Tuesday. They will stick with what they have, and we will be stuck with it for the rest of the season.
Ever since the Celtics were eliminated by the Miami Heat, the Red Sox have been the only game in town, and it has been a painful six weeks or so.
With the Patriots beginning training camp today, we can shift focus, if desired, off of the nightmare that is the 2012 Red Sox and onto presumably more pleasant things with the Patriots.
Check all the activity from the first day of camp over at PatriotsLinks.com.