Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett took a beating from the Boston Globe, which recounted how he and fellow pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey ate fried chicken, drank beer and played video games in their clubhouse while their teammates were playing.
The Palm Beach Post piled on, noting that manager Jack McKeon had to shoo Beckett from the clubhouse during games back in 2003.
“In between innings they’d go to the clubhouse to get a drink or hang out,” McKeon told the Post
“I said, ‘Hey, I got no rule against going up if you have to go to the bathroom or something, but get back.’ A couple of times I looked down the bench to talk to somebody and they weren’t there. They were in the clubhouse. So I went up and got them out and said, ‘OK, boys that’s it. We’ll lock the door.’”
That’s pretty bad. Here is what’s worse: McKeon had to issue bathroom passes for playing seeking to leave the dugout.
In June, McKeon recalled in June how he handed out what he called “poo-poo cards and pee-pee cards. Put them where I was sitting (in the dugout), so if you wanted to go to bathroom you had to get a card. That broke it up.”
Managing a big-league team look easy on television, but it is not. Imagine high school boys who never grow up, but get more disposable income than could ever spend.
That’s a recipe for disaster, as the Red Sox demonstrated. It's no wonder that general manager Theo Epstein is running away as fast as he can.
On WEEI radio, Curt Schilling weighed in on the death of the Red Sox pitching work ethic:
“I've talked to enough people to know that it's not lies. I think that the loss of John Farrell had a massive amount to do with why this all happened. I spoke to him the other day and the first thing I said to him was 'Wow. I don't see any of this happening if you stay.' And he was like, 'Well, it might have happened, but there would have been a couple of fist-fights along the way and I would have been gone at some point.' Poor Curt Young because here's a guy coming in to a veteran staff trying to get to know his pitchers and they . . . the amount of disrespect that the players involved here showed to each other, to the organization, to Tito, to the game, is staggering to me. Probably as staggering are some of the names that are on that list. I'm blown away. I'm incredibly disappointed. Things have changed here for a long, long time, and I think it's for the worse. I think the way that this was handled by the organization is pathetic and embarrassing. Why would you want to root for this team?”