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"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'
ďBeckettís very emotional, I found that out in the seventh inning when we took him out, he almost knocked my arm off. But, and thatís the thing, heís our guy, and if we have a couple of things along the way where he offends somebody, well you know what, heís still our guy and he wants to go out and win 20 games, again, heís our guy, so weíre gonna back him up. If thatís the way heís good, you know what, thatís the way heís good. So maybe the other team will have to take a lump or two, thatís just the way it is. Heís emotional, thatís part of the way he gets good, is by kind of putting himself against the world. Thereís different ways guys do it and again, I donít want to take it away from him.Ē -- 4.12.06, Red Sox Manager Terry Francona on WEEI's Dale and Holley
Beckett's a Hottie
ď'Our pitching coach had him, said some stuff about him,' Hillenbrand said. 'I know what heís about. That stuffís in-house, but he gave us some history, especially after (the Howard incident) happened.'
"Beckett admitted he may have overreacted, though he didnít appear to say anything to Hillenbrand at the time. Hillenbrand said he didnít even know Beckett was upset until teammates mentioned it after the game.
ď'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 Beckettís broadside.
ď'Iím going to make my living regardless of what he says or does,Ē Hillenbrand said. 'Iím just trying to win a ballgame. Iíve never even met the guy. If heís going to do that, heís just making himself look bad.'Ē -- 4.12.06, Boston Herald, John Tomase
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