|Lester on Joba: ‘It’s gotten old’||05.06.09 at 6:48 pm ET|
A day after Joba Chamberlain hit Jason Bay in the back in the fifth inning of what turned into a Red Sox win over the Yankees, Tuesday night in New York — and a few hours after Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell told Dale and Holley on WEEI that ‘Those things aren’t forgotten’ in expressing Chamberlain’s motivations — opinions on the matter could be heard in the Sox’ clubhouse.
First, Josh Beckett, the pitcher on the mound for the Sox following Chamberlain’s pitch, would only say, “Everybody has a job to do and mine is not to delegate blame, or purpose, or intent. Things have a way of working themselves out, that’s way I look at it. That stuff always has a way of working itself out.”
Like Farrell, Jon Lester was a bit more pointed in his remarks.
“It’s one of those deals where I’m all for throwing in, but there comes a point somebody, whether it be baseball or the opponent, has to step in and say enough is enough,” said Sox hurler. “Balls have gone over guys heads and gone up too close. There’s a difference between throwing in and making a point and he definitely tries to make some points. I don’t know if he’s trying to him there or not, but he did and it looks bad because J-Bay did hit a home run off of him, along with the history with us and other players. He always come back and says the ball slipped, I wasn’t trying to hit anybody. One time you can fool us, two times you can maybe say OK, but it’s gotten old. In baseball it’s one of those deals where you can’t really think there’s a punishment necessary. It’s one of those deals where we might have to police it ourselves a little bit more, I don’t know.”
The Red Sox and Yankees next meet for a three-game series at Fenway Park, starting June 9.
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