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Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:48 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


After a historic collapse in September, blowing a huge wild-card lead to the Rays, the Red Sox offseason got off a turbulent start for several reasons, chief among them a revelation that starting pitchers were drinking beer, eating fried chicken and playing video games in the clubhouse during games. So when pitchers and catchers reported to camp this weekend, obviously the subject came up.

With All-Star pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, there were two different approaches.

Lester came full of accountability and apology.

“We stunk. I stunk. Tampa Bay was better,” Lester said (BostonHerald.com). “I take complete responsibility for it.”

Beckett, on the other hand, gave what the Boston Herald termed "the bare minimum," while also going a bit on the offensive.

“I’m upset with myself for the lapses of judgment, but there’s also some ill feelings toward some people," he said (BostonHerald.com), with "people" obviously being the clubhouse leak that exposed the locker-room activities.

“I’m not saying we didn’t make mistakes, because we did make mistakes in the clubhouse. But the biggest mistake we made was — the biggest mistake I made — was not pitching well against Baltimore. I was prepared to pitch every time I went out there. I just didn’t execute pitches when I needed to.” (BostonHerald.com)

The Herald also called Beckett "defiant" in the face of the questioning while saying Lester was "contrite."

While it's easy to see that anyone would be annoyed for being outed like that, Beckett's outward frustration shows that he isn't fully accountable for the clubhouse actions. He's only sorry he got caught. It's like blaming the police officer for getting a speeding ticket -- Yeah, I shouldn't have been speeding, but I'm mad at the cop for pulling me over. But the cop wasn't the one speeding, just as the clubhouse leak wasn't the one in the wrong in September. If Beckett was truly accountable, he would be acting like Lester, the true staff ace of the Red Sox.

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dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:07 pm
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dlopez711
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

It was all Obama's fault!



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

You guys are grown adults and major leaguers, act like it. Go out there and do your f*cking job and represent the red sox w/ class. Was very disappointed to hear the lackadaisical attitude by some of the players in the locker room during the games last season. You are paid millions of dollars to play a kids game, recognize your opportunity and act accordingly


lingkind
Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:08 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:04 am
 

Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

you hit the nail on the head. just like at every work place there are peaple there just to pick up a paycheck, some are very telletted and any try when the boss is there or when pay review time is upon them . how many ballplayers(in any sport) have caree years in there prefreeagent season and never come close to these numbers again? but as for what we AFTER work is after work when the game is being played they are AT work. i do know about you even if my paperwork is done and i am at the office i can't have a beer and chicken!



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:38 am
 

Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

They need something to do when the game is over. What do you do after a hard day on the job?
I understand the frustration since the perception is that some athletes don't give a damn what he outcome is, they still get paid. Just like the slackers where I work. 



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:40 am
 

Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

This is obviously not over, in fact, Beckett's combative response and spoiled child attitude will only get worse as the season approaches. Add to the mix the complete basket case manager that is Bobby Valentine, the open bar in the clubhouse, the no-one-is-minding-the-store fr
ont office and the Red Sox will be battling Baltimore for last place in the division...I take that back, Baltimore has nothing to worry about.




Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:19 am
 

Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

Pssst, Josh Beckett, come to the Cardinals! ;) You'll be much happier here.
 



Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Polar opposites Beckett, Lester talk collapse

You must not be from Boston.  Fenway is 100 years old and NO TAXES were used in building this cluhouse.  Everyone does have a gripe with how much money atheletes are paid and that they do owe something for the ridiculous amount of money it now costs to see pro sports.


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