|Dodgers fans will find out that Beckett from 2007 is not what they are getting source|
"'It's just a matter of time before they get you, basically. And that's unfortunate,' he said. 'I think Jonny Lester knows that. I think Clay Buchholz knows that. Your time will come.'" --WEEIJosh Beckett thinks the media drove him out of town. Is he serious? The media in Boston (and other cities) can be tough on players that don't perform up to their contracts and have bad attitudes. He can say whatever he wants about his time with the Sox, but at the end he can't seriously say he was the same pitcher that he was the last time the Sox won the World Series.
Beckett claims that the bad rap that he was been given isn't the truth. He definitely didn't have fluctuations in his weight, right? Look at the double chin in this picture. He wasn't part of the chicken and beer pitcher parties during games either, right? Well, yes, he was. He also didn't use his growing family as a reason why he didn't spend as much time working out. Well, yes again, he said his priorities had changed. While its admirable and natural to care for ones family, at the same time, every father faces this and still somehow does what his job requires. I am a dad and I don't buy that you stop doing your job well because you have children.
Josh Beckett just doesn't get it. The fans wanted him out of town just as much as he thinks the media did. He made over $15 million per year and this season had five wins. Five. His ERA was higher than his win total! 5.23 to 5. That's right, Josh, why would anyone criticize someone who drastically under performs like you did. You helped the Sox win a World Series in 2007 so you should get a pass right? That was sort of his point when he brought up how Keith Foulke was "run out of town" in 2006 after he closed out the clinching game in the '04 World Series. Jonathan Papelbon became the closer because Foulke was awful in 2005 and 2006. His ERA jumped from 2.14 in 2004 to 5.91 the next year so the Sox got rid of him and replaced him with someone that could do his former job. Beckett doesn't understand that past performance doesn't take precedence over what you can do now and in the future.
These remarks coupled with his inability to answer questions honestly and shoulder any blame for his poor performances are the reason the fans abandoned him. Beckett was a beast at one point that every Sox fan wanted to see on the mound, but he is not that guy anymore. To sum it up, he just isn't that good.