Josh Beckett: His Latest Start More Evidence That the Sox Need to Move Him

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIMay 10, 2012

Only once prior in his Red Sox career did Josh Beckett give the team fewer innings than his 2.1-inning horror show of an outing.

Beckett allowed seven runs on seven hits, allowing a pair of home runs while throwing 56 pitches.

He heard resounding boos from the Fenway crowd.

In just over an hours time, he raised his ERA from 4.45 to 5.97.

If there are any more Josh Beckett apologists out there, please step forward now. I would love to hear the argument in favor of him.

Josh Beckett had the chance to come in tonight, at home, and prove that he has heart and is capable of bouncing back from all of the criticism and negativity being thrown his way (something he just has not been able to do since September).

Speaking of September, his ERA from September 1 through tonight now resides at 5.69—which would be unacceptable for a fifth starter in Boston, let alone a guy who is supposed to be an ace on this pitching staff.

In his post-game interview (h/t on NESN, Beckett stated that he felt good physically and there were no residual health effects from his missed starts.

He could have cared less about how the public perceived his off-day, stating "I'll spend my off-day the way I want to spend my off-day" and that the golf controversy had no impact on him whatsoever.

He came across as a stubborn, selfish child.

"We get 18 off-days a year" came out of his mouth when questioned about the public perception of him playing golf when the team is playing as poorly as they've been.

Fans don't want to hear that from a guy making $15.75 million to play a game for a living.

His attitude is about as good as his ERA... terrible.

He couldn't pitch, but he could play golf. He came back to the team and continued down the rabbit hole.

In his own words, he came out flat tonight.

The fans of Boston are tired of it and rightfully so. It appears to be time for general manager Ben Cherington to take a page out of the Celtics book by showing some grit and balls, and trade the Texan before things can get any worse.