Re: Josh Buckett is a Disgrace and should be DFA'd.
posted at 2/5/2012 4:18 AM EST
In Response to Re: Josh Buckett is a Disgrace and should be DFA'd.
Seeing the full interview on Intentional Talk, I was impressed with how well Beckett handled it. He was honest and didn't dodge a single issue. He doesn't pretend to be an altar boy, and is absolutely justified in saying that things should stay within clubhouse walls. It's so easy (and typical of the Boston media) to pick a few excerpts out of context just to cause a stir. Having seen and heard this, I'm more comfortable that he will be solid, barring injury of course. I don't think we'll be seeing the 2008 version of Pudge Beckett in a few weeks.
Posted by phxvlsoxfan
Herein lies the mistrust of the media by players like Jim Rice. The whole conversation can be completely tailored to the point of view or intent of the writer when the sound clips/quotes are used out of context.
If someone wants to misuse an interview, they can do that. And it feeds the rabble they are catering to. I was taught journalism is a neutral place where only facts are presented. We know that is far, far from the case. That is why I rarely read CHBs stuff. Who needs the negative constantly amplified - or even openly constructed out of fluff? It's already there - I mean the negative is already there. Only a maroon (sic) cannot tell that. But hounding on it and amplifying it, usually without intent for a positive response or successful end, only stirs flames.
On the other hand ...
I don't feel comfortable with the "circle the bandwagon" idea Josh brings out that the clubhouse is a sanctum. Not if it is a place where misbehavior is sanctioned. I do fully accept it should be a place where a guy should be able to go around with his hair down, relaxed - maybe - and focus on the game ahead. But that idea seems long dead...since we invite the media in. ("We" ... not me, but the corporate we... thank God we never did that in high school or my very small college. I can't imagine the ruckus.) That idea, first line of paragraph,- and I know this is an extreme - is just exactly what leads to the behavior at Penn State not being found out earlier. The locker room isn't a lawyer's office or a minister/priest's confessional. Bad deeds ought not be sanctioned.
In the end, these guys are grown ups. They ought to act like it. There is a certain let down when we see them misusing the corporate trust (even the rich contracts) we place in them. I don't mean they can't be clowns or goof balls, but they should be protecting their bodies from harm and considering their team in their behavior. Old fashioned, I know ... but I guess that's the level of competition I grew up in ... the athlete prepared to produce so the team could do well.
I hope Josh gets more mature this season. I hope Bobby V can help him stay focused. I also hope that Lackey is missing from the equation completely so they don't feed off each other. Especially since Lackey isn't going to be in ANY game day situation at all this season.
Now I'm falling into it ...