He's a Hottie

Gladiator II

(BDD Photo Illustration / Nick Kourey)

"My name is Joshus Hotheadis Beckettus, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Fenway Legions, loyal servant to Tito Franconius. Obsessed with playing the game right, I have a very short fuse and tend to overreact. And I will have my vengeance, in the next game or the next. My name is Gladiator."

Tito: 'Maybe the Other Team Will Have to Take a Lump or Two'

“Beckett’s very emotional, I found that out in the seventh inning when we took him out, he almost knocked my arm off. But, and that’s the thing, he’s our guy, and if we have a couple of things along the way where he offends somebody, well you know what, he’s still our guy and he wants to go out and win 20 games, again, he’s our guy, so we’re gonna back him up. If that’s the way he’s good, you know what, that’s the way he’s good. So maybe the other team will have to take a lump or two, that’s just the way it is. He’s emotional, that’s part of the way he gets good, is by kind of putting himself against the world. There’s different ways guys do it and again, I don’t want to take it away from him.” -- 4.12.06, Red Sox Manager Terry Francona on WEEI's Dale and Holley

Beckett's a Hottie

“'Our pitching coach had him, said some stuff about him,' Hillenbrand said. 'I know what he’s about. That stuff’s in-house, but he gave us some history, especially after (the Howard incident) happened.'

"Beckett admitted he may have overreacted, though he didn’t appear to say anything to Hillenbrand at the time. Hillenbrand said he didn’t even know Beckett was upset until teammates mentioned it after the game.

“'I was mad at myself and probably let my emotions get the best of me,' Beckett said.

"Hillenbrand, who prided himself on playing hard with the Red Sox, dismissed Beckett’s broadside.

“'I’m going to make my living regardless of what he says or does,” Hillenbrand said. 'I’m just trying to win a ballgame. I’ve never even met the guy. If he’s going to do that, he’s just making himself look bad.'” -- 4.12.06, Boston Herald, John Tomase

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