Josh Beckett Auditions for all Takers

One could say that last night’s outburst by the usually sullen Josh Beckett, was nothing more than an act for the contending teams looking to add a pitcher.   You might say that last night was Beckett’s best performance of the year.  Beckett is a 10/5 guy, which means he has been in the majors for 10 years and with the same team for 5.  That gives Beckett veto power over any trade.  Beckett said last week that he hasn’t been approached by the Sox about waiving his no trade and he liked playing on this team.  You know the old saying on this one, “if you believe that one I have a bridge I would like to sell you.” 

Beckett may truly like his teammates, but it is no secret he hates Bobby Valentine, the ownership and probably the Boston fans.  Sure, Beckett didn’t want to leave when teams like Baltimore and Toronto showed interest.  Now that the Rangers, Dodgers and Cardinals are interested it is a little more inviting for the polarizing pitcher.  Who wouldn’t want to play for Texas?  They have great team chemistry and a Manager that has a similar style of Terry Francona.  Nolan Ryan has made this team into a team of winners.  You don’t think Beckett would jump at the opportunity to be in their starting rotation?  His locker would be cleaned out so fast he wouldn’t even have time to tell Valentine F—K off, AKA the Kevin Youkilis way.

Just another phony performance by this former Ace.  Please, does he really think we believe that he was that upset about whether Will Middlebrooks was hit by the pitch or swung?  This from a man that just sits with his little clique during games and never shows emotion.  So now he shows emotion for his team.  A team that if they win this game would still be in last place and back to the .500 level. 

This was an act, pure and simple.  He was out to impress his potential new bosses.  Just watch, if a trade to one of these teams falls thru, Beckett will go back to being the same arrogant overblown pitcher in baseball.  Who could care less if his team wins or loses.

Maybe Beckett can be nominated for an ESPY for his little tantrum.  A player i once admired now nauseates me with his every move.

On  side note , i also believe Valentine was acting to. 


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  • Kyle Franzoni – CttP

    It is hard to completely justify Beckett’s actions during last night’s game. He had no stake in the call, nor any ability to sway it in any way. You’d like to think he was acting in the best interest of the team, but the only way that could be is if someone in the front office asked him to take the stage in order to create a different impression.

    He’s easily the first person who has to go when the Sox sell, but will there be any takers?

  • Paul

    This has got to be one of the more ridiculous claims I have ever read. Come on. Beckett may not get along with the media, and maybe not even Bobby V, but he seems to get along with his teammates and backs them up. As if he would do that if asked too, just absurd. Beckett and A Gonz were both mouthing off – Josh is clearly a bit better at it that A Gonz.

  • James

    This is why Boston media is to blame on speculation and making comments when they should just stay out of it. ‘Oh, Josh was acting to get attention for his new team?’. Boston Media is going to run out every player that has ever meant anything to Boston not to mention when it comes down to picking between another city and Boston, they’ll go elsewhere. You think the other players in the league don’t know how horrible the media makes it here? Oh, and by the way, if Beckett wasn’t on the team in ’07, Boston doesn’t win the town a ring.

  • Rick Meegan

    James and Paul, I appreciate the feedback but let me ask you both. Do you really think Beckett wouldn’t give his right arm (literally) to be with the Rangers? He wouldn’t think twice about waiving his 10/5 trade clause. Try to send him to Toronto and Baltimore and see how he reacts? Think he would go? Why did it take game 102 for Beckett to show any emotion at all from the dugout? Usually he sits there like a lump, unresponsive to anything going on in the game. What? He has so much love for Middlebrooks that it set him off? Hardly. When i was watching it unfold , it was clear both Beckett and Valentine were putting on a show.. At first Valentine was just standing there with a dumb founded look on his face with his arms crossed. The when he looked in the dugout and saw how his players were reacting, he then decided to get all up in the umps grill. Any manager , even Francona has pushed an issue to get ejected form a game. it is a managers way to show his support to his players, motivate and even get some respect from it. What did Beckett get out of this? just more criticism. You may think my post is ridiculous but if you would be unrealistic to think that Beckett didn’t have an ulterior motive behind his actions. As far as the Sox wouldn’t have a ring without Beckett is a very true statement. But sports is a cruel what have you done for me lately world. Then again i hear Curt Schilling and Manny are looking for work. Without them the Sox wouldn’t have won two rings, want them playing too?