Beckett Aces Blame Game
Josh Beckett - Stop Snitching
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Surly Sox Starter Blames Boston Media,
Trade Rumors, Late Travel for Troubles

More Crying in Baseball from Josh

-- Josh Beckett on WAAF, talking about dealing with the media in Boston: "There's nothing you can do about it. That's the way it's 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 of years on the ballot for the Hall of Fame."

Yep. Jim Rice Is the Go-To Guy on Media Relations.
Sincerely, The Carl Yastrzemski Memorial Back Stairs

And Some High Anxiety for The Texas Tough Guy

"I'm good yeah. Just muscle spasms and we traveled late in from New York and I didn't sleep particularly well, had a lot of anxiety and stress things going on, exterior distractions and I don't think that a lot of it was great for my back and then going out and pitching on that mound, it was very wet and my back just locked up on me... well I think just this past week as it was different for me and I alluded to that, I did a little press conference after my start the other day and I alluded to that just this week, that week was so much different for me because they were all rumors and they were apparently not being brought up by the Red Sox, 'cause I was hearing from everybody that none of this was true and everything like that, so they assured me of that but I still had to answer questions about it. So it's very confusing, and that's where I think the anxiety comes in, not so much stress, it's more anxiety than anything." -- Beckett whining on WAAF some more

Travel Excuses Go Over Well in Boston. Sincerely, Roger Clemens's Luggage
A Lot of 'Stress' and 'Anxiety' Goes Along With a $16 Million Paycheck
That Returns a 5-9 Record and A Lot of Belligerent Baggage

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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ProJo:

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NY Post:

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