FORT MYERS, Fla. — In an expletive-filled interview with WEEI.com, Josh Beckett claimed there were clubhouse “snitches” who revealed his misbehavior and the personal issues of manager Terry Francona to the media last fall.
Beckett was at the center of the team’s drinking scandal, his actions confirmed by teammate Jon Lester with his knowledge in October. Only a few days ago, Beckett himself admitted to “lapses of judgment.”
But in the interview, Beckett said: “Somebody made that stuff up, just like somebody made up that we were doing stuff … This is stupid. I don’t understand what the big deal is. Somebody was trying to save their own ass, and it probably cost a lot of people their asses. The snitching [expletive], that’s [expletive]. It’s not good.
“There’s two things with the clubhouse thing that I have a problem with: If I’m going to say something about the clubhouse, my name is going to be on it. The second thing is you never want to be remembered as that guy because that will follow wherever you go. It’s just mind-boggling to me.”
Beckett’s angry words and attempt to portray himself as a victim is now something manager Bobby Valentine has to deal with.
“I’m not sure about addressing it. Maybe,” Valentine said. “Maybe as the group gets smaller, if it seems like that’s a situation that is festering, that it hasn’t come to a head by the time March whatever comes around, maybe. I don’t know.”
“Teams are built on trust, right? And teamwork, they are probably the two most important things that championship teams have. If there is distrust, I think it eventually would have to be addressed. In my experience, those things usually present themselves.”
The idea of the Red Sox turning the page on last season may have been set back by Beckett’s inflammatory comments.
“I don’t think you turn the page on it, personally,” Valentine said. “I don’t know if I ever said that. if I did, give me the right to change my mind. You work through things and time is a great healer. But it’s not the only healer. If someone was burned in there, it’s going to take some time for the sting to leave and it’s probably going to take some actions, too.
“I don’t know if they have to be in a meeting form or caucusing or small groups, big groups. As I say, usually they present themselves and when they do, you’ll find the true spirit.
“I’ve talked to some guys who have expressed the same thing.”
What does Valentine say to them?
“Saying ‘forget it’ is like saying ‘relax.’ Those words mean nothing. It takes breathing and confidence and all those wonderful things to relax. It takes time and possibly at times apologies. But apologies comes with actions to heal. I don’t think you can just [say], ‘OK, we’re going to have a meeting. OK, forget it. Now we’re turning the page. That’s it. It’s over.’ No thank you. I don’t particularly believe that.”