Re: Why Buch is about to step into the ACE role....
posted at 3/24/2013 12:58 PM EDT
In response to redsoxdirtdog's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment
Taking a long time between pitches seems to have been an organizational philosophy. I'm not sure why, since I've always heard that pitchers are at their best when they work quickly and can get into a rhythm. I am really glad to see Farrell and the pitching coaches working on quickening the pace.
Actually, I think it was a bad habit our pitchers picked up from Beckett while he was our "staff leader".
Yes, the reason we have been losing is because our best pitcher over the last 6 years took too much time between pitchers, everyone else mimiked him, and now they all stink.
It was certainly something that contributed. Both Lester and Buch werent known to pitch that slow when they first came up. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Beckett had a lot of influence on our younger pitchers whether it was intentional or not. But no one ever said that it was the one reason they all stunk the joint up last year...That ridiculous
When little bobby v tried to speed up Beckett, he was given the stiff arm by Beckett. That attitude certainly seemed to rub off on the entire SR. That skroo yoo, I'll do what I want big texas tough guy tude. Bobby v was a joke, but Beckett simply wanted to play the big dog and mark HIS territory. What a complete A whole he became!!! Love the new "just throw the dang ball" attitude Farrell is pushing!!!!
Without a shred of a doubt, ADDITION by subtraction with Beckett!
I think this year, it'll be more addition by addition, the addition being Farrell, whom the players respect. Valentine was a joke in that he did nothing to earn the respect of players. Beckett had plenty of success pitching the way he did, so why should he change? I think he's no different than any of us.
If someone new came in to your job and started telling you to do something different from the way you were doing it and had plenty of success doing it that way, you (you being general, not specifically you) would be reluctant to change if you didn't respect the person who was giving that advice. That's a normal human condition. If someone came in whom you had tremendous respect for, you'd be more likely to listen to his suggestions.
That's the difference between Farrell and Valentine. Farrell behaves professionally, so the players respect him and are more willing to listen. How can you respect a manager like Valentine who put on a Groucho Marx mask after being ejected from the game?
Can imagine Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Joe Maddon, for example, doing that? That baggage comes with the manager. Valentine came in with the aura that everything was about him. He was a joke. It wasn't just a Josh Beckett "marking his territory" who didn't listen to him. No one respected him. Beckett respected Farrell, so if he was still here, I'm sure they'd be able to work together.