The Hammer is about to come down on Josh Beckett

What do you think is going on in Josh Beckett’s head this morning as he wakes up to the news of the Sox hiring of Bobby Valentine?  Is there any question that one of the requirements for Bobby V. is to put Beckett in his place from the get go?  Beckett seems to be the ultimate culprit of the September collapse and he is about to find out that there is a new sheriff in town and he is going to come out with guns blazing.  Bobby V. has never been shy to call a player out in front of the media and his teammates.  I can only imagine Beckett has been in the Tim Tebow praying position ever since Bobby V’s name came up in the managerial search. 

Beckett has no one but himself to blame for this predicament.  He was the ring leader of the beer guzzling, fried chicken eating band of merry men.  Welcome to reality Josh, your days of leading teammates down the wrong path just came to an abrupt halt.  Isn’t Bobby V. exactly what Larry Lucchino was looking for?  A person with a history of being volatile with his players.  A manger with a take no prisoners approach.  I still think Theo was behind the whole; let’s find us an inexperienced manager to fill Francona’s slot theory.  It never made sense.  This is a team of veterans who are headstrong and beat to their own drums.  We all thought Jason Varitek had the respect from the players in the clubhouse but that wasn’t the case at all.  I for one never thought Dale Sveum was the answer for this team and thankfully so did the Red Sox ownership.  Yes, poor little Ben Cherington got his feelings hurt in the process, he will survive.  

I can only imagine the interview questions thrown at Bobby V. from Lucchino.  How will you handle Josh Beckett?  What will you do if you find someone drinking beer during the game?  How will you earn the respect from the other pitchers while putting Beckett in his place?  So on and so forth.  How successful will the Bobby Valentine era be, will play out in time, but he is coming after Beckett first and foremost.  The question is, will Beckett welcome Valentine with open arms or is he going to dig in and fight his new manager?  With a personality like Bobby V’s, Beckett should do the smart thing and want to get along with his new manger and prove that he is still the Ace of this staff.  

It is ass kickin’ time for this Boston team and the first ass to get kicked will be Becketts.    Because, that is what Larry Lucchino wants and it is obvious by now that what ever Larry wants, Larry gets.  

I can only imagine Beckett thinking that this was all a bad dream.  Actually Josh your nightmare is just beginning.   Time to grow up and act like a real leader on this team.

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Topics: Ben Cherington, Bobby Valentine, Dale Sveum, Jason Varitek, Josh Beckett, Larry Lucchino, Tim Tebow

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  • EarlNash

    If I am Bobby I go to Ben and say “trade Beckett.” Send him to Oakland with a six-pack and a bucket of chicken for Gio Gonzalez…

  • BMW745

    This article is complete crap … this is not how things will go down at all. Bobby actually likes Beckett ALOT

  • Rmeegs

    Earl I wouldn’t trade Beckett. Because when he is on, he is one of the best in the game. He just needs to know there are rules.

  • Rmeegs

    BMW745, no misunderstanding on your opinion. However, i never said that Bobby V didn’t like Beckett. Liking has nothing to do with anything. Do you think Valentine is going to be out of managing for almost 10 years then come to Boston and let Beckett do what he did last year? if he allows Beckett to control the other pitchers just because he “likes” him, then this is going to have the shortest management stint in Red Sox history and the last management job of Bobby V’s career. Francona is unemployed because he lost control of his players. If you think for one second that Bobby V isnt planning a face to face meeting with Beckett as soon as possible, you are sadly mistaken. It is going to come down and hard on Beckett, like or dislike. This is business not personal.

  • GloTom

    About time someone takes beckett to the wood shed, wish I could.