Found February 19, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Josh Beckett
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- With a temper that can run hotter than one of his overpowering fastballs, Josh Beckett has never hesitated to let it be known when someone has piqued his anger.

Red Sox P Beckett admits to 'lapses in judgment'

Boston Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett accepted some of the blame for the September collapse that caused the team to make the playoffs. Beckett criticized his own performance - he gave up six runs apiece in his final two starts vs. Baltimore - and admitted to "lapses in judgment." “The bottom line is my last two starts. They just weren’t that good," Beckett...

Your Morning Dump...where Lester & Beckett apologize in their own special ways

Every morning we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump...  So much for the notion that Jon Lester [stats] always followsJosh Beckett [stats]’s lead. That may have been the case once, when Beckett was the playoff-tested workhorse held up as a shining example...

Josh Beckett Looks Like He Ate an Entire Popeye's Franchise

Here's a helpful tip to Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett: If your team's last season ended like a disaster; there were endless reports about you being out of shape and staying in the clubhouse to eat Popeye's fried chicken; AND if you're being paid $15.75 million this season, maybe don't show up looking like you're a fatter David Wells...Yikes. I think...

Beckett Knows Red Sox Need To Earn Back Trust of Fans

When the Boston Red Sox collapsed in 2011, we as fans were not very happy. After all, the team was all but assured of going to the playoffs with a nine game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card standings. But it happened and we wanted answers. It ended up being that those answers we sought were not what we wanted to hear. With everything that had transpired, it ultimately...

Josh Beckett, Jon Lester Acknowledge 'Lapses in Judgment' From Last Season's Collapse

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Jon Lester summarized his sentiments from the last season’s collapse in nine words. “We stunk, I stunk and Tampa Bay was better,” Lester said. It was the first step toward healing the wounds from the September slump, when the Red Sox finished 7-20 to miss the playoffs. Josh Beckett promptly followed Lester’s blueprint as he addressed the meltdown and...

Josh Beckett Will Be Able to Adjust Without Jason Varitek as Personal Catcher

The end of Jason Varitek's tenure with the Red Sox means pitcher Josh Beckett will have to adjust to a new catcher in 2012. Jarrod Saltalamacchia proved himself more than capable last season and appears ready to gain Beckett's trust. Beckett is not the only Boston pitcher who will have to make an adjustment with Varitek out of the Red Sox clubhouse for the first time in 15...

Lester and Beckett ready to turn a new page

Josh Beckett interview after the jump.

Beckett admits 'mistakes' amid collapse (AP)

Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett says he had "lapses in judgment" in the clubhouse last season during the team's historic September collapse. Beckett spoke on Sunday, the day Red Sox pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. He was asked about a Boston Globe report that alleged starters, including himself, Jon Lester and John Lackey, drank beer and ate fried chicken in the...

Beckett, Lester contrite as Red Sox report

With a temper that can run hotter than one of his overpowering fastballs, Josh Beckett has never hesitated to let it be known when someone has piqued his anger.

Red Sox Take Big Step Toward Closing Book on 2011, As Jon Lester, Josh Beckett Vow to Make Changes in 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– They took two drastically different approaches to apologizing. Jon Lester acknowledged the emotional impact of September's freefall –– and clubhouse antics –– and stressed the importance of becoming a leader in the clubhouse while seated before the media on Sunday. In a 20-minute session, he was visibly contrite. The remorse was subtler with Josh...

Jason Varitek Doesn't Report to Fort Myers, Josh Beckett Prepares to Adapt Without Catcher

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– There was no sign of Jason Varitek on the JetBlue premises on Sunday. As pitchers and catchers reported, the longtime Red Sox catcher –– who was reportedly offered a minor-league deal –– didn't show, leading to speculation Varitek could be mulling retirement. Since 1998, Varitek was a primary presence in spring training. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia...

Jon Lester, Red Sox Out to Prove to Boston Fans That Team Cares About Winning

Moving on. That seems to be the theme early on in Fort Myers. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett both addressed the media on Sunday. And while they both took some time to reflect on the Red Sox' disappointing 2011 collapse and the ensuing fallout, it's clear each player is ready to start fresh in 2012. Lester and Beckett both expressed a desire to go out and prove to Red Sox Nation...

Bobby Valentine Unlikely to Use September Collapse as a Motivational Ploy

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– It was a forgettable stroll down memory lane for Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. After five months away from Boston's vitriol, the duo reflected on the unprecedented end to the 2011 season. But don't expect Bobby Valentine to follow suit. After listening to all the criticism over the offseason, the Red Sox manager doesn't plan to regurgitate the news...
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