Re: Why all the LOVE for FAT-CAT-BECKETT$ ?? In the last days of THEOS WATCH...........
posted at 2/4/2013 2:27 PM EST
In response to Bill-806's comment:
It's not easy for me to pin Beckett's troubles on beer and chicken.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
No Beckett? No 2007 ring.
MOON, you are 100% right and you are "making my point" !!!! Beckett$ was way on the road to decline when THEO reupt him with the 64MIL contract that would include all the CHICKEN & BEER that he desired, only that it was a one-way contract that Beckett$ could/would not deliver on !!!
It's very rare that a man with his drive to lead his team to a ring in 2003 (Marlins) and 2007 (Sox) can suddenly become a deadbeat. I don't believe people change that much very often. "You are what you are" and all that.
I'm not saying money can't change a person. I'm nto saying Beckett being out of shape didn't play a role in his injuries and "off years", but the guy was a champion. A champion of champions, actually.
After 2007, he was off and on, literally every other year. That's not as horrible as many here want to think it is, especially in light of the fact that we've had starters who are bad every year. I don't blame him personally for Sept 2011. I don't blame beer and chicken either- that's been part of baseball for over a century.
I'm not one to think you need perfect clubhouse harmony to win rings. There are countless examples of quite the opposite happening, but I will admit, Josh did not help spawn an attitude of cheering for your teammates. Had we made the playoffs in 2011, one could easily have pointed to Beckett's full season as the main reason. We missed by one game, and all of a sudden, it's all his fault in some poster's minds.
Yeah, in hindsight, the extension was foolish, but I can hear this board now had we let a 2 time WS leading pitcher walk and he had a couple great seasons with someone else. The writing was not on the wall to be easily read by anyone. Yes, some here voiced anger or doubt at the time of the deal, but it's not so easy to find starters with a history like Beckett's. I guess we could have signed CJ Wilson, E Jackson, or Buehrle, huh? They surely would have led us to the promise land, right?
Theo hoped Beckett still had it in him. It's not something lost that easily without injury. It looks like he guessed wrong.
That chapter is behind us now. Tell Ben, how we can find the next 2003 Beckett.