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Josh Beckett: Happy in Boston, Red Sox’ clubhouse ‘the exact opposite’ of dysfunctional

08.07.12 at 12:54 pm ET

A notably chipper Josh Beckett joined WAAF’s Hill Man Morning Show Tuesday to discuss his situation with the Red Sox and the upcoming sixth annual Beckett Bowl.

Following is a complete transcript of all baseball and Red Sox-related questions. To hear the complete interview (and it’s recommended just for the sake of hearing how cheery the generally stoic Beckett sounded), click here.

On how he’s feeling:

“I’m good. Just muscle spasms. We traveled in late from New York, and I didn’t sleep particularly well. I had a lot of anxiety and stress things going on, exterior distractions. I don’t think a lot of it was great for my back. Then going out and pitching on that mound, it was very wet and my back just locked up on me.”

On making his start tomorrow:

“Oh yeah. I think I could have went today, Jonny [Lester]’s day. He pitched so well last time that it was kind of up to him when he wanted to pitch. He was going to go today on his normal day and I’ll go tomorrow.”

On whether this season has been harder:

“Well I think just this past week [regarding trade rumors] 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 that week was so much different for me because they were all rumors. They were apparently not being brought up by the Red Sox, because I was hearing from everybody that none of this was true and everything like that, but I still had to answer questions about it, so it was very confusing. That’s where I think the anxiety comes in. It’s not so much stress, it’s more anxiety than anything because you’re not real sure how things are going.”

On whether he feels he’s misunderstood by fans and media:

“I think for me, I’m just me. I don’t pay too much mind to when people have their opinions about it. I’m not going to change and I think sometimes that’s kind of what the media outlets want you to do here. They want you to be who they want you to be instead of just who you are. I’m just me, and I have a really good support group around me. As long as I don’t do anything to piss my wife off, I’ll be OK.”

On players potentially ratting Bobby Valentine out to upper management:

“I don’t even know. I heard something about the Will Middlebrooks thing, but I’m almost positive that Bobby was the one that brought that up to the media. I don’t know. Like I said, you can’t pay attention to it. I’ve got too many other things to do, basically. I don’t have time to pay attention to what Joe [expletive] is writing.”

On Curt Schilling saying he would take a swing at a manager for what Valentine said to Middlebrooks and whether he’d do the same:

“No, not if he’s my manager I wouldn’t. I think that’s easy for Schill to say now that he’s not on the team.”

On whether he’s happy in Boston:


On if the Red Sox have a dysfunctional clubhouse:

“No, it’s the exact opposite. There’s people who want it to be that way, and it’s not so it makes them mad when they come in there and we’re laughing and joking and having a good time. They want the perception to be something, and that’s what they’re going to write. There’s some very, very good media outlets here and there’s some very, very not good ones. The ones that are not good are the ones that want to perception to be what they want it to be no matter what, and that’s what they’re going to write.

“There’s nothing you can do about it, and 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 years on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. That’s just the way it is, that’s the way it’s always been here apparently. They talk about Ted Williams had problems with it when he was here.”

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