Josh Beckett has been perhaps the biggest lightning rod for criticism on the Red Sox over the last two seasons, so when he chimes in on clubhouse matters, it's usually news. Beckett put a fairly positive spin on the team Tuesday during an appearance with WAAF's Hill Man Morning Show, attempting to squash the belief that the Sox clubhouse is dysfunctional.
"No, itís the exact opposite," said Beckett. "Thereís people who want it to be that way, and itís not so it makes them mad when they come in there and weíre laughing and joking and having a good time. They want the perception to be something, and thatís what theyíre going to write. Thereís some very, very good media outlets here and thereís some very, very not good ones. The ones that are not good are the ones that want to perception to be what they want it to be no matter what, and thatís what theyíre going to write."
Beckett didn't throw bouquets at everyone. He admitted that the media in Boston is persistent and that the pressure from the fans can be intense.
ďThereís nothing you can do about it," said Beckett. "And thatís the way itís been here for a long time. I talked to Jim Rice about it a few days ago. Jimmy was obviously not a fan of the media at all when he was here and had a lot of trouble with that and ended up to where he thinks it actually cost him a couple years on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. Thatís just the way it is, thatís the way itís always been here apparently. They talk about Ted Williams had problems with it when he was here.Ē
Beckett missed his scheduled start Sunday against the Twins and was pushed back to Wednesday night against Texas. He said the muscle spasms that caused him to miss a start won't prevent him from starting Wednesday.
On being a lightning rod for controversy, Beckett said, "I think for me, Iím just me. I donít pay too much mind to when people have their opinions about it. Iím not going to change and I think sometimes thatís kind of what the media outlets want you to do here. They want you to be who they want you to be instead of just who you are. Iím just me, and I have a really good support group around me. As long as I donít do anything to piss my wife off, Iíll be OK.Ē
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