Was it intentional or unintentional? Seems everyone’s behaviors are judged by that very question at one time or another. Of course, there are the noble ones that always seem to know of another’s intentions, regardless of the facts.
I don’t get it. During Sunday’s game, after the bench-clearing ‘incident,’ it appeared that Josh Beckett was issued a warning, but I don’t remember ever hearing anyone verify that for sure. I was amazed at his composure especially since he appears to always be so intense. But, he can be so calm. Look at that composure.
That whole situation was a disaster. This is the way I saw it (but remember I am a huge Josh Beckett fan so it may be a tainted view): Time was called way late; the execution of the pitch had begun when Beckett saw the time out. Rather than stop mid-stream the ball just
flew. It never even hit Abreu. But it sure cleared the benches. Torii Hunter and Justin Speier, for whatever reason, really flew off the handle. From what I could see, Hunter even had physical altercation with the umpires. To me, that is definitely worthy of a fine AND a suspension: the ultimate disrespect of baseball authority. Remember Roberto Alomar, ex-second baseman for the Orioles that spit at the ump? It rates right up there in my book.
Mike Scocia apparently was really heated because of the way Beckett didn’t show any remorse. “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do,” Beckett said. “Am I supposed to give him (Abreu) a hug? I wasn’t really in a hugging mood right then.”
As soon as Beckett was handed the suspension, he immediately appealed. He going on the contention, (and I love his quotes): “I’ve never hit anybody in the head, and it’s not really on my list of stuff to accomplish. But people can think what they want to think,” Beckett said. “I know Bobby Abreu. He knows I’m not trying to hit him in the head.” Was it intentional, is really the question. Unlike others, I always believe in the good of people; others do not. We’ll see what happens.
Anyway, look at that face: it’s so sweet and innocent.