Added Kershaw, “The NL has a pitcher [in the lineup] so it is little bit easier probably, and Josh has had success in Florida in the NL. It is definitely not Fenway [hard to pitch], and definitely not the AL East.’’
Moreover, Beckett has a new lease on his baseball life, following the Red Sox’ disappointing end to the 2011 season and his own struggles in 2012.
Kershaw said: “I don’t know what all went on in Boston and I don’t care to know, to be honest. In talking to him, he’s been a great guy, same with Adrian [Gonzalez], same with Nick [Punto], everybody who came over from Boston, they look like great guys, fun to be around, guys who want to win, just like we do, so it should be fun.’’
Adrian Gonzalez, who views the move as a positive in many areas, expects to see the previously dominant Beckett.
“Josh is the ultimate competitor,’’ Gonzalez said. “He’s just a great pitcher, he’s going to do what he’s done his whole career, go out there and give it his best.’’