Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett recently sat down with WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford and discussed a number of issues in a lengthy, interesting piece, including his new life as a father, last season’s collapse, and how he wants to be remembered once his career is finished.
Most interestingly, Beckett said that he didn’t catch wind of last season’s fallout until November since his family was staying at an “Internet-less Texas ranch.” That’s odd, seeing as on Oct. 18 he issued the following statement on behalf of the Red Sox when accusations of drinking in the dugout arose:
“I cannot let this allegation go without response; enough is enough,” he said. “I admit that I made mistakes along the way this season, but this has gone too far. To say that we drank in the dugout during the game is not true.”
As for the criticism surrounding him, Beckett told Bradford, “”I’m fine with it if it takes more pressure off other guys because I can deal with it. It’s not going to affect who I am at home. It’s not going to affect who I am in the clubhouse. I wasn’t even supposed to be here in spring training. But I was completely removed for six weeks when I went home.”