Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This Just In: Beckett Is Still A Clueless Jerk
“I don’t really feel like I did anything. It’s unfortunate,” Beckett said. “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do. Am I supposed to go give him a hug? I wasn’t really in a hugging mood right then. I don’t really know what they wanted me to do.Which basically tells you that crew chief Country Joe West is even worse than I had imagined. Let's review the situation here:
“They made their own judgement on it. I had two umpires tell me that I handled it great. One of them publicly said that. The other one told me twice, once when I was coming off the mound and once right afterwards.”
- Abreu got a late time-out call. This is not in dispute.
- Beckett then threw at Abreu's head.
- Abreu doesn't even start to move out of the batter's box until well after the pitch is thrown, and despite charges that some (apparently blind) Sox partisans have lodged, he was actually moving away from the plate when he did.
- Throwing behind the batter is the most dangerous missed pitch — outside of a pitch to the head — because the batter's natural tendency is to move back from the plate, but into the pitch.
- Even if one assumes that Beckett was completely innocent in the pitch (which, given his history of head-hunting, this is a stretch), he has no excuse for leaving the mound and inflaming the situation.
He also incomprehensibly defended Doug Eddings after the latter's godawful officiating in the 2005 ALCS.
West is getting his too - a) very publically and b) likely was privatelt taken to the proverbial woodshed. It's a rare event for the authorities in the office not to uphold the authorities on the field.