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A question not really addressed by the article is whether this applies only to the Red Sox or to all Boston sports teams. I haven't lived in New England in decades and follow the other Boston teams only superficially.
"Starting in June of 2011, I asked Beckett if he would cooperate on a feature story. My pitch was that for all his time in Boston, nobody really knew the real him. The idea was to speak to him at length along with his family, his friends, former teammates, etc...
Beckett refused at that time. And again in September of 2011, November of 2011, and February of 2012. I tried through his agent and through the team, too. After four tries, there didn't seem any point in trying again.
It would have been a good story to tell, too. Beckett is funny when he wants to be and interested in things beyond baseball. There is something there beyond the Texas Tough Guy image he so carefully cultivates."
Instead I get Tony Massarotti bemoaning the failure to sign Mark Teixeira on a regular basis
What possible "reasoning" could he use for this? If they had signed him, they would not have signed Gonzalez. And he wouldn't have provided them the positive trade asset to get themselves out from Crawford/Beckett's contracts. Is he suggesting that Teix/Crawford/Beckett would be a better "core" than Loney/bags 'o money?
So Gonzalez goes and the Red Sox still have not won a playoff game since they let Mark Teixeira walk out of that room in Texas. Prospects for Gonzo. Gonzo for prospects. Around and around it goes.
Is he suggesting that Teix/Crawford/Beckett would be a better "core" than Loney/bags 'o money?
From reading Mazz you'd think Tex had been playing like Jimmie Foxx since the Yankees got him.
It's a shame because I've always suspected there is a bit more to Beckett than what his image suggests.
Yeah? How so?
Re the squib for the story, how could such an epic collapse not have an impact on a franchise and a fan base that still retains so much historical baggage?
The guys at Boston Sports Media Watch certainly seem convinced that this is true of the Patriot and Celtic coverage. I think there is a little bit of a persecution complex there (particularly re: the Pats) but from what I see the general enthusiasm for a negative story does seem consistent across the local teams. It certainly seems to drive sports radio in the limited doses I hear it.
It is true of the Patriots. In the last two weeks, there has been constant talk from columnists and radio hosts of whether Welker was being "punished" by Belichick. All based on one game, ignoring a bunch of factors, and making the absurd assumption that Belichick would hurt his team's chances to win in retaliation for a player not signing a long term contract. And the fans eat it up. Read Mike Reiss' mailbag or the twitter accounts of some fans. They ache for something to complain about.
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