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Unhappy hour begins for Red Sox, Beckett

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  April 5, 2012 07:08 PM

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Looking forward to Josh Beckett starting Opening Day at Fenway on Friday.

Hell yeah, I like hanging fastballs, too.

Poor Beckett, he got hammered Saturday but didn't even catch a buzz.

No need to worry about the bullpen when you have Beckett seeking redemption.

It's finger lickin' bad.

Maybe 2011 wasn't all Tito's fault after all.

BTW, Ted Williams couldn't hit that ball in the Jordan's furniture ad from the bullpen. Why not put it in Cambridge, it would be closer to the plate. Watching Bobby V and Jordan's CEO Eliot Tatelman - I wondered how they manage to squeeze their personalities on the same screen? This is why we need 46-inch HDTVs.

The good news. The Red Sox can still go 159-3 and the Yankees are still winless. Carl Crawford could return in a month. And you can still buy a pair of authentic Fenway Park seats to mark the 100th Anniversary for $795.

There is reason to panic because the bullpen was questionable long before Opening Day or Sunday.

There's big reason to worry because Josh Beckett just doesn't give an expletive.

Oh, after Saturday's beatdown, he dutifully blamed himself. "Too many pitches in the middle of the plate. They hit a changeup, a cutter, two sinkers and a fastball, and every one was down the middle of the plate," he told The Associated Press. "Everything I threw hard went down the middle, and Fielder even hit a changeup that went down the middle."

But let's go back to an interview Beckett gave last week to WEEI's "The Big Show" when he outlined his priorities for 2012 before taking a few swipes at Curt "I haven't seen him around this year. Is he one our pitchers?" Schilling.

"Obviously my daughter is the most important thing to me," Beckett told Michael Holley and Glenn Ordway on March 29. "I've never done it before. I think spring training has been really good because it's a program that lets you ease into being who I am and kind of learning the ropes. It gets very difficult I think for some people because we get home late, we're on the road. Those 10-day road trips I think are going to be the hardest times, not being able to see her nearly as much."

Translation: "I'm working off an $68 million contract extension, I got fat and bloated last season as the team fell apart, and I might even kick off 2012 by grooving a few over the plate, but I care about my kid so screw you for getting on my case."

Boo friggin' hoo.

Yes, the horror of those team charters. The discomfort of the Detroit Ritz-Carlton. The struggle of getting by on just $92.50 per diem for meals.

Beckett was stuck on the bench after being mercifully relieved on Saturday. No word on what might have been in his red Solo cup.

Beckett, in case you missed it, happens to be the first parent ever who has to work away from home. Except of course, every parent ever deployed in the military, all the past and present ballplayers who have had kids, and millions of pilots, flight attendants, truckers, railroad engineers, salesmen, construction workers, bus drivers, fishermen, etc.

Beckett reflected a similar "I have a kid now who cares if we lose" sentiment during his notable sitdown with WEEI's Rob Bradford early in spring training. That left us with the classic: "The snitching [expletive], that's [expletive]. It's not good." And: "I'm not going to apologize for being distracted. It's not going to happen."

The overwhelming number of people who work away from home do it to make a better life for their families back home. Others just want to get out of the house. It should be a given that your newborn child is your number one priority. I'll give Beckett a nod for expressing those sentiments in public and for supporting his daughter - which seems to be a stretch for the likes of Dennis Rodman, Warren Sapp and so many others.

But once you show up for work - regardless of where or what that work is - work should be your No. 1 priority. Professionals - no matter what they do - are professionals because they can put everything aside when they're on the clock. Ballplayers with $68 million guaranteed contracts have zero excuse. If Beckett can't handle being away from his child, he should stay home. Too many ballplayers who inject their personal lives into the public eye want it both ways. Last year, we weren't supposed to criticize John Lackey for his epic suckage because his wife was ill. Then he filed for divorce after the season.

Beckett put it out there early and often this year that baseball doesn't matter because he's a dad. That's true - except when he's actually playing baseball. And when your pitching line is 4.2 IP, 7 ER, 7 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K and 5 HR on just 83 pitches, it doesn't matter to Red Sox fans if you're father of the year.

See you at Fenway on Friday.

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