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You would think for as many issues the Red Sox players had last year with bad press they would try to keep a low profile. However, that didn’t stop Josh Beckett from playing golf two days before he was to pitch during his next start.

According to an ESPN report Beckett hurt his back during his golf round and was unable to play due to stiffness in his right lat.

Manager Bobby Valentine had this to say about Beckett missing his start;

“I haven’t talked to Josh about this yet, so I’m not sure I can really comment on it other than I can say physical issues, I guess, he had a sore lat, he wasn’t an injured player. I know that. And we’ll take it from there. But I’m sure Josh wouldn’t do anything that’s going to jeopardize his team or his season. I know that.”

Now I’m not one that says players can’t participate in other activities beyond their day job, I only caution that you don’t injure yourself. The backlash from fans and media will be ridiculous. Especially when some are looking for a reason to attack you.

Beckett has enough to deal with, and this just makes him looks bad. This situation combined with their chicken and beer pow wow last year, on to of the push back they’ve given new manager Bobby Valentine makes the Red Sox look like a big blow up waiting to happen.

Once best friends forever, Tiger Woods and his former caddie Stevie Williams are on par for a Kobe and Shaq like beef. At a HSBC Champions dinner in Shanghai when asked to explain his overtop celebration after Adam Scotts win at Firestone in August Williams replied “My aim was to shove it right up that black a$$.” According to The Telegraph, the crowd which included players, caddies and sponsors who were there to commemorate the caddie of the year award were stunned by his comments. However I don’t see why, as the story goes; he was invited on stage to accept an ironic ‘celebration of the year’ award from his fellow caddies.  So if you’re going to invite him to recall a moment he was showing up Tiger, why be surprised he took another shot at him? Now many sites have said these remarks were racist, although I disagree, just because color was mentioned doesn’t mean the comments were racist. Stevie was fired and that’s why he doesn’t like Tiger, that’s it. Sometimes times the media acts as if when people of different races don’t get along that it’s because of race.

After 2 days, and a combined 1 under par score later golf is finally back on the radar of most casual fans and has everybody screaming that Tiger is on his way back. STOP…Let’s analyze this for a second. He hasn’t played for three months and just because he’s looked ‘ok’ at one of his favorite courses doesn’t mean that Tiger is on his way back. Tiger is held to a higher standard, he’s not expected to just contend, he’s expected to win most tournaments he’s in and those expectations will not change. Now might those goals be lofty considering he’s coming off of his injuries, yes, but why should we change them if Tiger himself expects to win every time he tees up? I will say that what I’ve seen from Tiger does look encouraging and gives us hope that he can be on the comeback trail. However, let’s let him be in contention on Sunday before we say he’s back, he could fall apart and come the final round be right back at square one. And as far as golf being on the radar again; the PGA better hope that Tiger is at least healthy, because when he’s not at least playing, no one outside of diehard fans are watching golf.

Lost in the Woods

This week Tiger has experienced another big change in his life, firing his long time caddie Stevie Williams. That makes in the last two years Tiger has lost his wife, encountered more injury problems, lost his squeaky clean public image and now his caddie. However, none of these are why Tiger is not winning. He lost his confidence, he no longer feels unbeatable when he steps on a course, and now others aren’t afraid of him. Now firing the caddie that has helped you win 13 majors may not be the brightest move but a new voice may be needed. We see that strategy all the time in baseball, basketball and football. So why can’t it apply here? Stevie wasn’t going to be the special elixir that brought him out of his slump, so no harm no foul. Now if you want to speak upon Tiger and his loyalty being lost, well that’s our fault for thinking he had any. I’ve never thought of Tiger and Stevie as friends, but as people that since they work together they’ve are more than associates, but not quite friends. Hence it should be no surprise that Stevie plans to write a book, and the chapters on Tiger will be as heavy as a 6 ton gorilla. That’s not something that a ‘friend’ would do. So for all the whining Stevie is doing about loyalty and wasting 2 years of his life, where’s his loyalty to Tiger. I’ll always say this, in big money situations most people will have no loyalty to any person, only their wallet, and family. Example, Stevie could have as easily bitched out Tiger face to face, on the phone, and left it at that. However he chose to go on television vent his feelings, and mention how he plans to write a book. Are these actions of loyalty? Nope, therefore let’s just assume this. Both Tiger and Stevie have no loyalty to each other. Thus Tiger fired Stevie to get a new voice and leave behind anyone that was associated with his past good or bad. Stevie is bitter because he’s no longer with the most lucrative golfer and will most likely not make the same money he did before. Moral of the story… Do your dirt by yourself so there are no witnesses, and remember its business, never personal.

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