This is not a good time for Boston Red Sox fans. While this writer refuses to write that team off, they are on pace to lose 99 games this season if things don't turn around fairly quickly. And if you add this season's start to the last month of last season, the Red Sox haven't played good baseball in quite some time. So maybe this is who they are. Maybe not. But what has become most interesting is that the Red Sox have been like bloody meat thrown into a shark tank. Of course, every other Red Sox story dredges up the silly beer and chicken stories of last season. But the link to those stories is now in deep water again with the Boston fans and media over a round of golf.
To read the angry tweets on Twitter from Red Sox fans and to hear the boos in the stands at the game last night, it wasn't just a game of golf. It was about a pitcher who skipped his last start due to a lat strain, but still was well enough to play a round of golf. This was taken as a sign that Beckett stiffed the team and was either reckless with his expensive health, or a faker who should have pitched his last turn. The reactions seem baffling from here in Maine.
Look, golf can be hard on the back, but it is not like playing a full on game of basketball or something. You use a golf cart to get around and you can favor sore muscles to swing more easily if need be. Been there, done that. And Beckett is absolutely correct. These guys get eighteen days off a season. If they love playing golf (as many players do), then why shouldn't they?
This entire flap really seems absurd from this seat as did the chicken and beer thing. The picture being painted here is that Beckett is a core of players that simply don't care about their profession. Not buying that belief. While not around the team to witness it personally, it seems hard to believe that Beckett doesn't care about his team or his performance.
Maybe he is a spoiled and rich athlete that no longer cares. But this hardly seems like a smoking gun of proof. Yeah, slam the guy's performance, but unless you absolutely know better, leave his motivation out of it.