Josh Beckett is running out of excuses. Here's his latest effort (Is that Jenny Dell holding the rifle?):
An update - the Red Sox are now 15-27 in games started by Beckett and Jon Lester this season and have won one, just one, game started by their two aces June 27. While there's always hope for Lester, Beckett has become a lost cause with the Red Sox. This is nothing new, at least in this space, we explained the Lester-Beckett phenomenon weeks ago here, dealt with Beckett's failings here, demanded that John Henry step in and right this sinking ship here, wrote off the Red Sox a month ago here, addressed the failed bloated payroll assembled by Theo and Larry here, went on the record about Bobby Valentine's ineffectivness as a solution to what ails the Red Sox four months ago here and marked the passing of the torch to the Patriots and football season a week ago here.
That brings us to today's exercise in self-aggrandizement and a quick way to break down Beckett's outing. We'll do it in 10 tweets - and they're not all from @realOBF, either.
Wednesday's eight-run, three-tater effort took just five-plus innings and a remarkably efficient 86 pitches. Beckett
Wednesday's loss was particularly hard on the Red Sox and fans who watched it. Nine runs and a terrific comeback were wasted, at home.
Beckett quit on the— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) August 8, 2012
#RedSox last September - it just took some people 11 months to notice.
It was the second time this season the Red Sox scored nine runs at Fenway Park this season in a loss. At least both games were sellouts.
Beckett's ERA rose to 10.42 in the first innings of his starts this season. But he did retire the side in order in the second.
And he stayed that way until the fifth. Matt Moreland and Josh Hamilton deposited cut-fastballs into the stands (center-field bleachers and right-field over-priced box seats) to break a 3-3 tie. Bobby Valentine offered this analysis. " [Beckett] made some good pitches and some not so good pitches." Red Sox fans were slammed by the State Run Media for booing Beckett after he pulled his back blubber and bailed in the third inning against Detroit last week:
Wonder what will stop first: The cheers for Beckett from the press box or the boos from the seats?— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) August 8, 2012
No end in sight for either. By the time Geovany Soto's moonshot landed 405 feet away from the plate in center field, Beckett was awash in Fenway's ire:
“Can’t control that,” Beckett said after the game. Well, actually, he can. Try not leaving the ball out over the plate:
Asked and answered. Now what? One suggestion:
If John Henry had an ounce of pride or carried even the tiniest bit about Boston he's cut Josh Beckett and eat his salary like a man— David Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 8, 2012
Too bad Beckett doesn't kick a soccer ball. Then Henry would notice. Here's another option:
"... Climb into the back of the pickup truck, douse yourself in deer urine, go out into the woods and shoot your guns."— Jen Royle (@Jen_Royle) August 8, 2012
Sounds like a plan.
Wait, that's only nine. So let's use a pair of No. 9s - Drew Brees and Ted Williams - and make it 10 - as in 10 games out.
Greatest hitter of all time. The Splendid Splinter. #9 Ted Williams. Great to be here twitter.com/drewbrees/stat…— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 8, 2012
At least someone enjoyed it.
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