I Do What I Want On My Off Days And Other MLBullets

Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox sits in the dugout before facing the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park May 10, 2012. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The NBA Playoffs are, like, still in the first round, aren't they?

  • The latest flap in Boston surrounds maligned pitcher Josh Beckett, who, while recovering from a "tight lat," went golfing. That's all it takes to get folks riled up these days, but Beckett didn't help his cause when he was asked whether he understood that the perception when a guy does something like that isn't a good one. "We get 18 off days a year. I think we deserve a little time to ourselves." I suppose that's right (though, like, you get more than 18 off days a year), but it doesn't seem like a particularly deft way of handling the issue when your team is flailing. And that's especially true if you just gave up seven runs in a little over two innings and were booed off the field. Oh, and it's also especially true if your team flopped in September amid reports of clubhouse ridiculousness and drinking (of which you were at the center). Gordon Edes absolutely lights into Beckett in that article, as well as the Red Sox. If you're looking for Soxenfreude, it's a good read.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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