Valentine downplays Beckett golf outing
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Thursday downplayed the
uproar over pitcher Josh Beckett’s golf outing after he was taken
out of the rotation because of stiffness.
Beckett, who was suffering from a sore lat last week, was
scheduled to start Thursday night against Cleveland.
In Valentine’s words, ”I’ve never seen a pitcher get hurt
Valentine said Beckett was scratched from a start last week with
stiffness, but he didn’t consider that to be an injury and wasn’t
bothered by Beckett golfing on his off day.
Fans haven’t been so forgiving since the story surfaced earlier
this week. The Red Sox are off to a 12-18 start and sit in dead
last in the American League East.
Valentine, speaking before the Red Sox opened a homestand
against the Indians, said he understands the frustration the fans
feel toward Beckett and the whole team in general. He said the Red
Sox haven’t given the fans any reason to get past the bad feelings
of the slide that ended last season, and knocked Boston out of
playoff contention in the final game.
Beckett’s off-the-field decisions have come up before. After
last season, it was discovered that he was among a group that ate
fried chicken and drank beer in the clubhouse during games. It is
common for players to golf during the season, but typically not
when one is recovering from an injury.