There's No Crying in Baseball and There's No Crying About Booing Josh Beckett in Boston
"I donít think he deserved a boo at all. Those who were booing will probably take it back today when they figure out what the situation was." -- Boo-by V on Fenway Faithful feedback... he backtracks, and backs off today on WEEI
"You always notice." -- Josh Beckett on getting booed
Felger Says Beckett 'Quit' Because He 'Pulled His Back Fat'
Michael Felger opening on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz show today: "Boo the bum off the field. Congratulations... Excellent job Red Sox Nation... Congratulations Red Sox fans, you got it right. If there was ever a guy worth booing off the field, it was Josh Beckett last night. Excellent job. Excellent! It made me proud Mazz [Tony Massarotti]. It gave me hope that there are still people around here who get it, and have the edge, and aren't afraid to hold people accountable. And it's not just an amusement park down there. That if you kick enough dirt in our face, we will notice. I thought those fans were beyond reaching on that level. I know they've booed Beckett off the mound before, but that was after giving up seven runs in two innings or whatever it was against the Indians this year. I know they've had periodic things like that but it's based on performance. Booing someone with a [cough] injury, and bring down air quotes for a second, next level, I commend you. Excellent work. It renewed my faith Mazz, in Red Sox fans. Aunt Millie from Vermont. Bravo! Gold star. Giraffe sticker.
"I've heard people say 'well, you can't boo him, he's hurt,' that's not right to boo an injury, is that what we're about, booing an injury? Let me tell you something Mazz and people of Boston. That wasn't an injury. An injury is when you're digging after a ball and you crash into the center field fence and separate your shoulder. An injury is when you're digging hard around second base and something pops. That's an injury. You know what that was last night Mazz? That was being out of shape. That's not putting in the work. That's conditioning. That is Mazz... they don't trade him, a chance to make it a four game winning streak when you desperately need it, against their ace. Fresh start big guy, we're sticking with you. We're in the race, Here's the night, here's the ball, here we go. And he taps out. He taps out in the third inning because he pulled his back fat? I give you Josh Beckett. I give you Josh Beckett. And you know what? You fans who were there at Fenway Park, bravo. You don't listen to the Rob Bradfords of the world, and the beat writers on this team who obviously now, I think it's pretty clear, don't for whatever reason, give you the full story on these guys, and you don't even really listen to people like me, you use your eyes. You use your eyes. Injuries are injuries. That's not being ready to go. That's being out of shape. This is another injury in a line of 10,000 nonsensical, preventable injuries by this particular pitcher. He quit. He tapped out of the game last night because he pulled his back fat. And are you going to sit there and cheer him? No no, you're going to do the right thing. I commend you. I think that was excellent...
"If you can't boo that, then you just can't boo anything. That is the poster child of what has gone on over there... Beckett: Overpaid, underachieving, entitled, out of shape. And beyond reach. That's your 2011-12 Red Sox. That guy. That overweight, out of shape slug, that quit last night and tapped out of the game when they needed him the most, represents your team. Boo his ass back to Abilene Texas or wherever the hell he's from. Boo him. Good job."
More Reasons Beckett Gets Booed Automatically:
Beckett to Bradford: 'No One Else Wants You Here Except for Your Teammates'
Mazz: Beckett's the Second Coming of the Texas Con Man... Roger Dodger
Passan: Beckett's Golf Round Further Proof Red Sox Aren't His Top Priority
Wilbur: Beckett Needs to Go for Good of the Franchise
Tomase: Beckett Off Course | Light 'Em Up, Bobby V
Edes: Defiant Beckett Doesn't Get It
Video: Beckett Defends Golf Outing
"It sucks because it seems nobody else wants you here except for your teammates. What are supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to go home and pout and take that home with me. That ainít happening. Thatís not me. Like I said, if I wanted to be part a reality show I would go to LA. Iím not into that." -- Josh Beckett to Rob Bradford in May
"They took the beer out of the clubhouse, but nothing changed. They switched the man in the manager's office, but he's no better. 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." -- Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports archive
"We get 18 off days a year. I think we deserve a little time to ourselves... I spend my off days the way I want to spend them... My off day is my off day." -- Josh Beckett, quote of the year
"I'm not going to apologize for being distracted. It's not going to happen." -- More reasons to get booed
"We made mistakes in the clubhouse, and that's about as far as I'll go talking about the clubhouse." -- the extent of Beckett's apology in the spring