Josh Beckett’s Ego Trip and Pending Collision

Josh Beckett is incapable of saying he’s wrong.

He’ll dance around it. He’ll hem and haw and admit to making “mistakes”. But say the words, “I was wrong”? Beckett? Never.

You can read Beckett’s maintaining the Beckett line here on BostonHerald.com.

In truth, there’s a logical basis for Beckett and the Red Sox players to suggest that the beer, chicken and video game stuff that went on in the clubhouse during games weren’t a problem when the team was winning, so why should they have been a problem when the team was losing?

But that’s not going to be good enough for a media and fanbase that wants contrition. Even if Beckett doesn’t think he was wrong—and I guarantee you, he doesn’t—it wouldn’t hurt to apologize for aesthetic purposes and put the whole thing behind him; to say he’s going to be the good soldier rather than try to find a way to maintain his ego.

It’s a sign of overwhelming arrogance and personal weakness to never apologize; never admit wrongdoing; always find a caveat to defend oneself.

There’s no one left in the clubhouse to play the galvanizing, publicly diplomatic, privately intimidating leader. As he gained weight and lost playing time, Jason Varitek’s influence waned; it’s a good move for the Red Sox to let both him and Tim Wakefield go.

Dustin Pedroia was truly offended at the way Francona was treated; he could probably play the role of the clubhouse leader, but would he interfere if (when) Beckett and Valentine begin butting heads? Pedroia might pragmatically steer clear and let the situation resolve itself. That’s what I’d do.

Beckett is the self-important, arrogant and obnoxious alpha-male. Bobby Valentine is a loose cannon with some of those same traits. Valentine’s not going to let one wayward player ruin what’s probably his last chance at managing in the big leagues.

They’re going to clash.

This beginning is not a good sign for the 2012 Red Sox because if Beckett is intent on continuing to behave as he always has and tries to exert his will on Valentine, Valentine is not going to be conciliatory or back down as Terry Francona did.

And as long as Beckett is on his ego trip, it’s going to get messy. Fast.

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  1. #1 by Jeff on February 23, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    OOOOOH YES! Drama! I can’t wait!

    • #2 by admin on February 23, 2012 - 5:13 pm

      It’s coming, believe me.

  2. #3 by DirtyWater on February 26, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    Certain amount of arrogance in this story and I’m not quite sure Beckett is the right target.

    Beckett’s given his statement; “what happens in the clubhouse…”.

    Okay. Doesn’t explain what led to the downfall of the 2011 Red Sox, but as the old expression goes ‘you win as a team, you lose as a team’. Think thats what Becketts getting at. He’s not pointing fingers, the media outside the clubhouse is. The media is the ones looking to pin the collapse on someone. Beckett by not providing a target of course makes himself the target.

    But he’s staying true to his original statement isn’t he?

    The media can’t accept this because the original statement doesn’t get them chicken and beer headlines. The curly haired boyfriend is taking constant shots. He’s challenging Beckett to go against his beliefs. which of course if he does becomes another scathing headline.

    Becketts dynamic with Valentine? Well thats in the clubhouse, so why is there this need for the press to pick at it? Because the press is somehow owed an explanation? Well thats something they should have put together DURING the collapse isn’t it? Or were they the ones leaving it in the clubhouse?

    And that is where the arrogance lies, not with Beckett.

    • #4 by admin on February 26, 2012 - 8:13 pm

      It matters because of Beckett’s personality of needing to be the alpha-male and refusing to say, “Y’know what? Even though it was tolerated before the collapse and we were winning, it wasn’t the right thing to do and we were wrong for doing it.” Instead, his attitude is that he still has to “win” and be seen as not responsible. While he wasn’t the only one doing it, he was their leader and if he’d chosen to use his leadership to put a stop to it, he could’ve. He’s still clinging to the story while kindasorta apologizing and it’s a personality trait that’s not going to go away.

      • #5 by DirtyWater on February 27, 2012 - 6:42 pm

        Alpha male? Dude he’s a starting pitcher…Boston’s #1…a pitching coach once told me on starters: you gotta walk out on the field believing you have the biggest dick because the second you stop that belief than you don’t. Batters sense fear, they feed on it.

        Obviously you bought the Dan Shaunessy line…’oh wah why won’t he talk to me’…no player talks to him. They don’t like him so he writes pieces to stir up ‘issues’ with him at the center.

        Go to WEEI.com read the interview there. The ‘you owe us’ got a whole lotta dancing but the truth remains Beckett has taken the line that he isn’t gonna point fingers. Win as a team, lose as a team.

        >>>>The exit of Francona clearly upsets Beckett, as do many of the reports that accompanied the former Red Sox manager’s exit.

        “Somebody made that stuff up, just like somebody made up that we were doing stuff … This is stupid,” he said. “I don’t understand what the big deal is. Somebody was trying to save their own ass, and it probably cost a lot of people their asses. The snitching [expletive], that’s [expletive]. It’s not good.

        “There’s two things with the clubhouse thing that I have a problem with: If I’m going to say something about the clubhouse, my name is going to be on it. The second thing is you never want to be remembered as that guy because that will follow wherever you go. It’s just mind-boggling to me.”<<<<

        http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2012/02/26/airing-it-out-mound-and-josh-beckett-sees-no-

        Alot of this sort of personality trait is the type that endears a player to his teammates. Just because he won't sit down at the microphone head in towel and give you and the curly haired boyfriend the ounce of flesh ,that somehow you percieved as owed, does not mean that there will be a clash with Valentine or anyone else in the Sox clubhouse.

      • #6 by admin on February 27, 2012 - 8:07 pm

        What’s this obsession with Dan Shaughnessy? I don’t even read anything he writes nor do I listen to anything he says.
        There’s a difference between being a bully and being a leader. No one ever said anyone listened to Beckett apart from the other pitchers; in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ortiz and Pedroia wouldn’t mind seeing Beckett put in his place by Valentine. Being a bully is the biggest indicator of a frightened person.

      • #7 by DirtyWater on February 28, 2012 - 7:20 pm

        Sorry your comments mirrored his columns almost by date.

        Guess its topical.

        I think your evaluation of Beckett is way off.

        Did you read the WEEI interview, that change your impression at all?

      • #8 by admin on February 29, 2012 - 5:06 am

        I saw his comments as he was blaming others—the mysterious “some people”. Dunno if that was WEEI.

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