Mar 29, 2012|
We spoke to Josh Beckett live from Jet Blue park, and phone issues withstanding, we got some good answers out of Josh concerning last season, their new manager, and he addresses some quotes from Curt Schilling about the team not responding or liking Bobby Valentine.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
All loaded up two down two strikes them like -- kids that it's gonna finish in delivers. A message got a curve ball. That's one of the few books he's thrown tonight for a strike. Any fans Mike Higgins who -- the bases loaded. I bet you're the big show blood -- -- Michael Holley joining us live from Fort Myers, Florida Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett -- judge Joseph Lauria. Burial there are yeah around how are you doing all right. -- -- -- -- -- -- thanks for passing that along to us. Even had a terrific spring so Ford numbers wise does that mean anything. I don't know. I think it's probably only come over -- a Pittsburgh so they. Haven't done anything different this bring jobs than previous brings. It is not actually get them gotten older I realized that things that I got it Spitzer. To be successful out of the gate and you know are definitely try to work on the off speed stuff lot of Sunday command and -- the it's about our strength it's about our strength and her like that he's trying to you know build all that out in the I think sometimes you forget about secondary pitches and its signature force starts in the year. Figure those out that much just literally here and he's not got a lot of ground balls. Yeah terrific 2011. Affect you probably compare it to you 2007. When you wanna look at the quality starts out there. And yet most people focused on the last two games because of what they all -- those two games against Baltimore. How did you feel when it was all done. And -- to restrict the Pittsburgh and you know the -- the one game against I was in Baltimore it. I gave up with -- inside the park home run here that I think the doubt probably this will mean worse than the other one. Struggled a little later on. Do you feel let down. That people have overblown. Some of what happened last year that. You know internally what went on -- that team. And yet it seems to be a whole different story you can't turn on ESPN right now. Without people talking about the 2012. Red Sox without bringing up chicken beer and September. You know not -- try not to worry too much about it you know -- you know people are gonna say what -- what they're gonna say and you know what you obviously got to go out -- and and and be better since September 2012 and the way we start there's a winning games and people. Remember we had where clay buckled to on the station here last year. And he had he said -- John Ferrell. That John Farrell at times intimidated as he -- them a little bit he helped he's a big guy and is pretty forceful. -- no disrespect anybody else but you know John -- major pay attention to him did you have that same relationship with John -- where it was a little bit of a John -- character who could intimidate you. I have exact shall. It's for me whereas he was so organ. And immediate. He he knew what I needed to make me successful. RB we talked about it and then he nature Iraq had a primary without being overloaded by a lot of the other stuff. How much have you changed as a pitcher and I wanna bring in Jason Varitek as people said this over and over again. That Varitek was like you -- he was the guy that you relied on behind the plate which -- built around a lot longer. You're a lot more polished now than you were before how important was terror attack. And how different it's gonna be without them. So like I feel like -- another pitching coach out there Arctic. A pick the bigger thing for me with Jason work you know it it it wasn't only shut down and had our pregame meeting -- -- there was. A lot of it was looking listening to account that you know. I'll order approach this guy and then he would give me -- put in week formal planned that way though are on you know -- he was huge future eight. He just. He really teaching you how to do the -- state that that make -- he remind you of the things that make you successful. And he forces you to produce those. You know I'm glad I got you on today we don't get a chance to talk to you very often I think on Sports Radio the last time you run Sports Radio was. May be 2006. And -- this very program before I get to that port it to my question I'm gonna ask you. Why the six year gap between Sports Radio appearances. Probably -- Unaudited it would -- no I don't know we're busy talking about you guys so we always have time port. No not much interest to governor and and governor talk on the radio. I don't know why it's so I think you do whatever whatever you have to do some to get something else plans. -- and my but my question leading up to that was. -- -- -- -- reading an article from rob Bradford. About a month ago month and a half -- -- -- talking about -- talk about a number of topics review. But the one thing was and we debated this on the radio. Was your statement that you know you have different priorities now in your life and we're both fathers so we understand. What it's like when you are you know talking about a son or daughter. How you balance that now means. When -- word when you -- Adam am I guess in the baseball was the top priority now that you're dead -- different responsibilities to think about that how do you balance. Being a parent. And taken care of your responsibilities as a baseball player where where does it rank for you now. Well it -- is -- -- rebel ranks obviously my daughter the most important -- to -- -- -- and bit edgier questions I don't know I'd never done it for. You know I think very training and really directors it's kind of a program military here and -- European you know -- you know who I am and -- -- trying to learn the ropes because if you just went straight into the seat and you know. It is it's very difficult I think four or some people because you know we're at home plate. Well on the road does and they don't think any road trips and stuff like that both are figure going to be there at the top aren't that just you know not being able to hear you don't hear much. A wanted to get more it's of the priorities than Josh because I can clearly understand where you're comic from. Nobody can criticize anybody for put family first everybody should put family first but when you started talking about August and September. Some people that were critical. And I can understand their point is well in that they you have to run priorities out of your people right now that probably. I do want to win three jobs some of them where they're only make it's 4245000. Bucks for their they're total income so that they can put food on the table. And get their kids in the college education. When you say something like that. Isn't it a matter of that you've got to figure out a way of balancing it all together and making work. Absolutely yeah and -- and that's what a slow like I really don't have an entry cabana went to receive and or had to prioritize things like that. So you know like it's it's going to be a learning process for. Speaking of a learning process. What are your thoughts about her new manager so far. Finger eight you know dominated definitely make -- pay attention to the all thank that's for sure. -- Curt Schilling came on the station. A couple days ago instead. It's not going well so far is going to is going south out quicker than -- thought you're going bad it's going bad he said I was dead direct quote is going bad Bobby Valentine. Curt Schilling. I haven't seen them around this year either do our pitchers. You know he's now what are your pitchers but he's got a tremendous. Our credibility here because he did play with you guys and he's an analyst now out of you feel about his comments on Bobby Valentine. -- that I don't Cinderella you're did not -- WR pitcher. He's gone to the dark side Josh is over -- all of us now. I've watched our site at -- -- -- -- I'd say if somebody knew how much they probably feel a bit closer to it. Well let me ask you this -- This what about us criticizing you. And you can come up with a legitimate critique about us because we don't necessarily. Know what's going on of the dynamics did that work with the in the clubhouse. Oh what a guy like. -- says it. It's gonna carry a lot more credibility we talked about this with Tedy Bruschi. And the patriot players and how they felt the bottom last fall on ESPN he and Rodney Harrison. How do you feel about ex players that you spent time with their in the clubhouse with you on a regular basis and now they're on the dark side -- media baron ESPN and they sit there. Criticizing the team criticizing. You -- your performance and they know far more and it Kerry for more credibility than people like I -- -- bloodier for -- thanks. And you know like to sit -- It's a spark and speaking about helping to rerun here I guess I haven't seen them around here this year toward he would know that much if you talk to. Well. How would you Iraq how would you say you're you're conditioning is this year last year he talked about I gained some weight down the stretch. -- conditioning and how do you plan to maintain your conditioning throughout the season. I feel good here right now you know you know we made some changes with. What some -- some of our workouts and stuff like not secured by straight into -- -- well. What what what. You say the biggest changes banned from last year to this year in terms of work out. I think they're so -- confusion stuff going on. Armed you know stuff that we just haven't done in the in the past. -- you know malaise -- -- -- destruct this is coming out spring training. Com. And you know lottery -- do we do you know we'll check yours are trading about zero he actually said that. We're unchecked free spring training are some of that -- not -- on my speaker -- itself you know. Before I think that some of on the stretcher and some of the work as a state paid off well. We're talking to Josh Beckett you're a guy that's pitched over 200 innings a few times in your career how important is -- that the top guys in the rotation. Go 200 plus innings. Well depends if you took two -- city and they go like that that's gonna help -- not at all so. In -- you've got to -- about that a little bit you know Victor talking about. You know making you know 78 innings and not burn out your bullpen I think it is that that that definitely -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Bad records and because the rule and something you know maybe customs also went -- it and anarchists and -- like. How did -- I think it is funny is that I the year you you finished second in the side SEC I think a lot of voters gave it to him yet forty more innings than you did I think but he had a better post season. And obviously you won the World Series how do you feel about. Pitch counts and all the things that we're used to hearing now a Major League Baseball that we didn't necessarily hear I hear about we are grown up watching baseball. Well it's kind of always been late for me I don't think I ever played wouldn't let it when it looked like there so. Yeah -- -- have a you know or referenced the other way and -- can always and that lecturer you're so dominant in pro ball. The ever feel like. -- over the years that that a guy has come to get you the weather as the manager of the pitching coach and you say oh yeah and yet what that. He lost this -- not out -- -- errors are you ever feel like go and went up pitching coach is gonna get to our managers gonna get you. Yeah you said yourself Manhattan I can complete this game with the Ozzie coming on here for you ever feel that where -- Yeah yeah I came up at -- Time Warner. You know people -- people basically tell you your job was offered execute pitches and so. -- -- -- failure count not what looked a -- not very usual the manager the pitching coach this. In maybe at the trigger a little -- Yeah I don't I don't think you've ever seen me you know the yacht or yell at the manager like you know I think. Date they have a pretty good handle on what they're trying to do and and my -- cigar next he pitches and that's -- you know that's about far back you know. Based on what happened in September how was it important is that we know. It's still a matter of numbers -- -- jab at the end of the season how important based -- September is getting off to a real good start in -- You know we you know he would definitely got to give her that we did last fateful you know iron and yeah especially to -- -- and holy week which started out a little bit better towards the end of April but. We definitely we -- we got to do better than duplicate last Paper you know you can't put yourself -- that hole and expect. You expect yourself to dig out of that again. You know and I think everybody here knows that regarding. You know player tailed off.