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Jeff Passan’s outrage at Josh Beckett goes to 11

May 11, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Josh Beckett AP

Look, it was apparent as of last night that Josh Beckett was going to get ripped to shreds for the next few days, but I don’t think I was prepared to see as much vitriol thrown his way as Jeff Passan does in his column this morning:

The rot in the Boston Red Sox organization runs too deep for cosmetic upgrades, and nobody better personifies it than Josh Beckett, the clueless, defiant egomaniac who’s poisoning another Red Sox season.

He describes all that has gone down — from beer and chicken through the off-day golf — and then says “This is about common sense, decency and responsibility.”  Which is the same as saying that Beckett is senseless, indecent and irresponsible.

I dunno. It’s one thing to point to an instance of performance and/or behavior and say “that is bad” or “that is dumb.”  It’s another, far more serious thing altogether to say “that person is a piece of shit,” which is what Passan is doing here.  And I just don’t understand what puts anyone who is not close to him in the position to make such an assessment, at least on the facts we know about him and which are being reported.

Is Beckett the quintessential team player? Doesn’t sound like it.  Has he made the best decisions, both in his conditioning and his public attitude and stances? No.

But it seems a little extreme to me to go from pointing out flaws in the man and his game to such sharp, sweeping character assessments as Passan does here.

  1. stevietimmy - May 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Look, I don’t have a clue as to how to begin an article with anything but “Look.” Look, obviously it is my problem as the reader… I don’t have to read the dang thing when I see who wrote it. But look, I can’t help it.

    Look, it is like a car wreck, one can’t help but look. Boring day around the homestead today, maybe I will look for other articles authored by Calcaterra and see if they too all begin with “look.” Starting to look now…

    • drewsylvania - May 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Looks like you’re bored.

    • bigleagues - May 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Also this isn’t an article.

      This is a blog post.

      Blogs typically follow a more conversational informal format and not so much the style form standards of journalism.

      Glad to help.

  2. Old Gator - May 11, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I’m just happy that the Beanbags have found themselves a new scapegoat. Now, Bucky Dent, Calvin Schiraldi and Bill Buckner can rest in peace when they’re dead.

    • fullmetal55 - May 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      No one is “scapegoating” Beckett. Other individuals in the organization are getting their fair share of the blame too. This displeasure with Beckett is not anything new. Fans have just finally had enough. They are not angry just because he is playing poorly. They are upset because he has consistently shown a lack of professionalism, and ownership has done nothing but coddled and enabled him. Last year he let himself get out of shape and whined when he did not get to pitch to his personal catcher. He was a big part of their collapse. This year he has shown no change in his attitude whatsoever, and he refuses to take any responsibility. Judging by your use of the word “Beanbags,” it’s obvious that you are just looking for any excuse to dump on Red Sox fans. Stop grasping at straws.

      • pickelback - May 11, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        WEEI has been trashing the Sox relentlessly all day. Even as a Yankee fan, it’s depressing. Chin up SoxNation…

  3. drewsylvania - May 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I thought Bobby was the most hated man. Who will it be next week? Youkilis?

    Clowns in town who need an illogical scapegoat. This is why I hate my fanbase and, worse, the local trolls who write about the team.

  4. kinglamont - May 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    ezwriter69, I seriously doubt that you work harder than Chin Pubes. You couldn’t even muster up a half assed derogatory post. Shit was weak.

  5. beefalo23 - May 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Jeez, who cares? He’s just another overpaid jerk in the Bosox clubhouse. Not like he’s alone there.

  6. 1historian - May 11, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    2 questions

    1) WTF is Jeff Passan?

    2) WTF cares?

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t sit on the sidelines and criticize them.

    Nothing new under the sun

    • bozosforall - May 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Look at 1hysterectomy “on the sidelines” “criticizing” Passan. If Passan is the kettle, then 1hysterectomy is the pot. In fact, all of the loser Boston fans are pots as well. Whiniest, most ungrateful fan base on the planet. Already starting to turn against the tem and selling off their tickets. Jumping off the bandwagon that they all climbed on in 2004.

  7. sabatimus - May 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    It takes an entire team to suck this bad, not just one pitcher or player. Personally, I think the Sox are tanking it because they hate Bobby’s guts and want to see him hit the road…probably head first, into oncoming traffic.

    • nolesshabitual - May 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Did they hate Tito’s guts too? this is just a continuation of the chicken and beer biggest collapse in history finish to last year. The Sox failed in spectacular fashion last year and took no responsibility, especially Josh. It was God’s will according to the Huge pick up in last off season Adrian Gonzalez. They changed the GM and Bench Manager and it’s still the same crap going on. This team hasn’t been likable in years, but that was ok when they were winning, now that’s not the case it’s time to cut the dead weight. Even the pay $100 cover charge to drink $8 beer and sing group karaoke crowd is leaving in droves. So what’s left is disgruntled fans who see a team that doesn’t give a damn and feel no loyalty to that team after being priced out for the better part of a decade by co-eds who wanna be seen, sing sweet caroline, and bust out the freaking wave, and their anger is directed at the highest paid starter, who claims to be to hurt to start while swinging his driver, got fat in front of our eyes and shrunk from all responsibilty for the I love beer,popeyes, and x-box culture that sunk the team.

  8. offseasonblues - May 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Craig –
    Thank you for this: ‘It’s one thing to point to an instance of performance and/or behavior and say “that is bad” or “that is dumb.” It’s another, far more serious thing altogether to say “that person is a piece of shit,” which is what Passan is doing here.’

    I think I might be Beckett’s only remaining fan, but I’m not going to defend what he did on the mound last night. I hope I’ll have many more chances to cheer him on, but that will depend on his pitching, not his golfing, and not his failure to follow the script according to Crash.

    If Josh had gone 7 innings and given up 2 or 3 runs, this conversation wouldn’t be happening.

  9. phillyphan1 - May 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Wow, it’s a good thing this isn’t happening in Philadelphia, because we’d have to hear about how we ruined the poor guy’s career for the next 50 years, and what louses Philly fans are.
    Instead, since it’s Boston, they’ll just talk about what a gritty, heady baseball town it is. If it happened in Chicago, it would be all about the lovable bleacher bums and how Beckett ruined the franchise.
    What a crock. How about someone call out the Boston fans for what they are?

    • offseasonblues - May 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      phillyphan1 – what are we?

      • phillyphan1 - May 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        You’re just as cut-throat and hostile as any fan in the country, cut from the same cloth as Philly fans. But for some reason Philly takes all the lumps, and cities like Boston and Chicago are “great sports towns”.
        It’s not earth-shattering, just an observation. Fans run onto the field, beat each other’s brains out, and do stupid stuff every day all around the country, but they’ll dredge up a story from over 50 years ago about Philly fans throwing snowballs at a drunken, skinny Santa.

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