Tomorrow morning Josh Beckett will be on our show and after the interview is over, I will get a bunch of text messages saying that I “lobbed a bunch of softballs” his way. Doesn’t matter what I ask. People in this town expect that there is always mega-drama behind the scenes in our professional sports locker rooms and they aren’t happy until they smell blood. Imagine if every one of us was interviewed at our workplace every day? Imagine if there were ten reporters outside your cube after you finished a meeting with your boss asking you what you thought of him? Would you really tell Gordon Edes that you can’t stand the guy you work for? “Yeah, my manager, Laurie, is a complete moron. I work my ass off and all she does is bust my nuts over what I haven’t done. I hate this place.” How long do you think you’d last there?
I’m not sure what we expect from interviews with these guys. Do the Sox players hate Bobby Valentine? Maybe. Are they spoiled professionals who don’t want a manager telling them how to play the game? Probably. Are we any better at our place of business? No. Do you really enjoy some business school grad who never did your job telling you how to do it?
Tomorrow we’ll ask the “tough” questions. Who’s the snitch? Would you punch Bobby V if he made a Middlebrooks-like snide remark to you? (The Blogger said he would). Does everybody hate the manager? Are you bubbling over with happiness playing here in Boston for the Red Sox? I have no control over how Josh decides to answer. But keep in mind when you tune in at 7:20, that we’re asking him to comment on the people who sign his massive paycheck….and they still owe him about 31 million over the next two years.
In the meantime, one thing I know is that Josh helps raise a ton of money every year for Children’s Hospital. So, please join both of us at Beckett Bowl this year.
Monday August 20th Lucky Strike Lanes
Tickets available at BeckettBowl.com