I find it fascinating, this atavistic desire for Beckett to "fall on his sword" and engage in some sort of soul-baring public confessional. For what? Losing a few ball games that he probably should have won? Why do we, the masses, have this desire for our heroes to publicly cleanse themselves of all sin? What does this say about us?
I don't think the masses really need this. Most people seem to have continuing curiousity about what the hell happened last year. Like any massive, once in a life time train wreck, it would nice to understand the cause.
As noted above, the media wants contrition because it's a good story, and there's more than just a bit of rightheous indignation in some of them (I'm looking at you, Danny boy).
But to the extent that some of us do want some public cleansing, I think it's understandable, too. We invest a shit ton into this team, both in time/energy and money. We all know how much time we spend on all things Red Sox, and going to Fenway costs a lot, as does buying the merchandise and subscribing to NESN. The September Red Sox appeared to be disinterested and out of shape (or at least some of them). Now that may be nonsense, and they may have been just as unfocused in years in which they won, but the appearances were what they were and the results were unthinkable. As a result, I don't think it says anything particularly surprising that some of us want to hear some sorrys.
How Beckett and Lester handle the media matters little to me. I want to see those guys, and everyone else who underperformed in September, looking in shape and singularly focused on having a good year. In a perfect world, I'd like to see them as a little less dour, and with a little more realization that they are getting paid millions to live the dream of many of their fans, but I'll settle for in shape and focused.
Edited by TheoShmeo, 20 February 2012 - 07:13 AM.