posted at 2/19/2012 7:32 PM EST
In Response to Re: Beckett
[QUOTE]I saw the interview and read the transcript. From it all I cannot concur with the opinion of CHB, other select columnists, and BDC Georom that Beckett was solely responsible for the epic collapse of the team in September. What a shame that the forum this winter was preoccupied with such nonsense. A lack of judgement ( confessed by one player) does not excuse twenty other players from stinking up Fenway Park during September. Why so many in a forum would fall for such outright stupidity is beyond me. Georom must love pushing the right buttons.
Posted by FortMeade[/QUOTE]
When a team goes 7-20, it's the TEAM that messed up, not just one player. Beckett pitched four times in September. He went 3.2 scoreless innings before injuring his ankle. He then won his next start.
In his final two starts, he pitched six great innings before blowing up then pitched five great innings before blowing up. If he couldn't go longer in either of those games, that's on him, and if it was because he wasn't in shape -- how come that didin't affect his second start in September -- well, that's on him too.
If the clubhouse culture was part of the reason the team couldn't grind out another win or two that month, Beckett's lapses in judgement were certainly a part of it. But one player does not create a clubhouse culture.
My beef with Beckett goes strictly to this: He wants to be considered the ace, and a true ace, he would have pitched eight or nine great innings in those last two starts when the team needed it, not just five in six. He couldn't do it. I really don't care about the reason. I don't care about excuses. I don't care what he has to say about it. My response to him would -- FIX IT. Don't talk, don't rationalize, don't explain, don't pout. Just FIX IT.
And that's what I expect him to do this year.