Lester embraces leadership role (Journal)(Only Ian Browne at MLB believed both men took their respective shares of blame.)
Unapologetic Beckett cites "lapses in judgment" (Journal)
Jon Lester regretful, Josh Beckett resentful (Herald)
Jon Lester now Sox' main act (Herald)
Josh Beckett comes up lame (Herald)
Beckett: At least it's a start (Globe)
Lester: "I take complete responsibility" (ESPNBoston)
Hot Button: Did Beckett say enough? (ESPNBoston)
The building up and subsequent tearing down of athletes in the sports media is nothing new. It's as common baseball as runs, hits, and errors. There is apparent demand that athletes who have wronged us debase themselves publicly and beg for forgiveness. That's what we need so we can have "closure".
Is it possible that Lester has a clearer understanding of PR and is simply mouthing better-sounding platitudes? Could Beckett be heartsick about how he performed last September and truly sorry about his mistakes? Of course, it's possible. Maybe Lester finds it easy to publicly take "complete responsibility" and perhaps Beckett's hard-ass personality means that what he confessed to yesterday is the full admission of guilt certain writers and fans feel is essential to hear. But I honestly have no idea.
I do not know the inner workings of either man's mind and heart. And neither do you. And, despite their daily proximity to both pitchers, neither do Steve Buckley nor Peter Abraham nor Gordon Edes. Those writers can make far better guesses than we can - and that's why most fans will believe their accounts as gospel - but they don't actually know for sure.began his article by saying "We're not here to rate the mea culpas of Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester and Josh Beckett yesterday at JetBlue Park." Then he spent most of his time rating the mea culpas of Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester and Josh Beckett yesterday at JetBlue Park.
[Beckett's] level of accountability for the Sox' September collapse at least was greater yesterday than in his recent MLB Network interview ...
Lester has shown the most accountability of any player for the transgressions of the starting rotation last season. He was outstanding again yesterday ...
[I]n his own way, Beckett at least took some steps yesterday.