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Clay Buchholz on Red Sox collapse: 'Everybody knew how good we were'

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  October 20, 2011 12:59 PM

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On Beckett's possible weight gain, Buchholz said, "Gaining weight's gaining weight. You've still got to go out there and perform."

On ChickenGate, Buchholz said, "It wasn't like the guys were in there saying, 'We're going to order chicken today.' We'd come upstairs, there'd be chicken on the table, and it happened maybe three times this season. It wasn't like it was an everyday thing. And the whole beer thing, it was more of a rally beer. And yeah it might not have been right, but I feel like there's other teams in baseball that might have gone through something like that. And it's not like it wasn't a big deal because we're grown men. Probably shouldn't be making those decisions like that during a baseball game, happened to be paid this money. I understand. You've got to live with what you've done and learn from it.

"It's not going to happen again because it's blown up a lot bigger than everybody thought it was."

Buchholz said he never saw beer in the dugout.

"No, never," said Buchholz.

There was a long, awkward pause when Buchholz was asked about whether Red Sox pitchers worked as hard for pitching coach Curt Young as they did for former pitching coach John Farrell, now manager of the Blue Jays.

"Um, it was a different personality," said Buchholz. "Curt's a really laid back guy. I don't have anything bad to say about Curt. He was a really cool dude. He talked to me every time I needed to talk ... just two different personalities. John, when I got called up, it was like I don't want to talk to him unless I have to because I'm scared of him."

Red Sox pitchers have taken more blame than the team's position players for the perception that they isolated themselves from the rest of the team. Buchholz addressed that as well.

"I think us as pitchers, we did hang out a lott, and I think that was a good thing," he said. "If we went to dinner in a city we invited each other, and that's not to say we didn't invite anyone else ... that's just the guys that we hung out with.

"Things have gotten a little bit out of hand with all the stuff that's been going on, but we didn't do what we were supposed to do in September, and I guess it's a little bit our fault."

Buchholz was injured in June and could not work his way back into the rotation in time for the end of the season, but said that if the Sox had made the playoffs he was aiming to return as a starter.

"I've been bred to be a starter," he said. "It's a different animal coming out of the bullpen. That's what I was working up to, to start."

Buchholz said he expects to be 100 percent healthy for the 2012 season.

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