Re: Poll: Josh Beckett
posted at 5/9/2012 5:43 PM EDT
Beckett's continued legacy, well after his should have been "ran out of town!"
Bobby v. on barking at the umps:Ump grumps
Valentine made a trip to the mound in the first inning Monday to tell Felix Doubront to stop staring at umpire Tim Tschida over what the lefthander thought was a missed call.
Barking at umpires has become routine for Red Sox starters, particularly Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.
“It has to do with a pattern that I didn’t want to see develop that I saw developing,’’ said Valentine. “I’ve seen it in our whole staff, to be truthful with you, and I don’t think it’s healthy. I don’t think it’s beneficial to anyone.’’
Valentine was asked if he would address the pitching staff about the issue.
“Might,’’ he said. “I don’t know. I don’t know if I really have to.
“I don’t want it to become a habit; it’s a bad habit. I’ve seen it a few times and last night I saw enough.’’
Valentine is particularly worried about a pitcher like Doubront finding fault in the umpires instead of worrying about his own effort.
“A young guy might start to use it as a crutch, that it’s OK, it was [the umpire’s] fault and I don’t think we can live that way,’’ the manager said.
*** I DON'T LIKE TO USE THE TERM CANCER, BUT CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER DESCRIPTOR WITH RESPECT TO BECKETT WITH RESPECT TO THE TEAM PROBLEMS!!!