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Beckett’s behavior not new

Josh Beckett ran afoul of his manager in 2003, though the team won a title. Josh Beckett ran afoul of his manager in 2003, though the team won a title. (File/Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
October 13, 2011

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Josh Beckett’s habit of hanging around the clubhouse during games is nothing new, according to former Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon.

McKeon told the Palm Beach Post yesterday that he locked the clubhouse door in 2003 to keep Beckett and fellow pitcher Brad Penny from escaping the dugout during games. He even resorted to issuing bathroom passes.

“In between innings, they’d go to the clubhouse to get a drink or hang out,’’ McKeon recalled. “I said, ‘Hey, I got no rule against going up if you have to go to the bathroom or something, but get back.’

“A couple of times I looked down the bench to talk to somebody and they weren’t there. They were in the clubhouse. So I went up and got them out and said, ‘OK, boys, that’s it. We’ll lock the door.’ ’’

McKeon said he literally had to chase Beckett out of the clubhouse with a bat. The Marlins went on to win the World Series in 2003, with Beckett winning the final game against the Yankees.

Yesterday, a Globe report revealed that Beckett and Red Sox teammates John Lackey and Jon Lester drew the ire of manager Terry Francona by spending time in the clubhouse during games this season, drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in an appearance on WEEI, said, “I don’t know what’s going on back in the clubhouse. Neither do a lot of guys during the game.

“I don’t look down towards the people doing that, by any means. I just hope it doesn’t affect their play on the field. If it affects their play on the field, then we need to make an adjustment.’’

PETER ABRAHAM

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