posted at 2/11/2012 4:35 AM EST
In Response to Re: Concerned?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Concerned? : Perhaps fans who watched the pregame or postgame or read every single article during that period would know the answer however most forum regulars were probably on the forum instead of being better informed. Those on the forum most probably would defer to 20-20 hindsight.
Posted by LadyLake[/QUOTE]
Your point, if there is one, is vague.
If anyone, anywhere, at any time, then or since, had attributed Beckett's demise to a hurt ankle, posters seeking to trace that demise to the ankle would have found and referred to it. It would have been big news. What's more, as far as I know, there has been no mention of Beckett's having the entire off-season to rest his wounded ankle.
The big news is that there has been no news along those lines. The dog didn't bark.
The reasoning to support the contention that the ankle was the villain goes like this: pitched great, then ankle incident, then pitched poorly. This assignment of causality has a superficial appeal, like many arguments that fall into the category of "after this, therefore because of this." The problem is that there was not and has not been any reporting of actual events to confirm this abstract reasoning.
Beckett is pricey beef on the hoof. It would not have made sense for the Sox to have kept sending him out there time and again in September if he were even slightly hobbled or altering his delivery to accommodate a weak puppy. The fact that they did send him out there is concrete evidence of complete confidence in his health. ( This is a club that sits players with runny noses. ) I don't recall that he was pulled from a game because of ankle trouble. Pitching trouble, yes. Ankle trouble? Not a word about it. It would have been first-paragraph news.
If I missed something, I will hear about it.