On Thursday, he was rocked for seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, and was lustily booed at his home ballpark. He was terrible. He was stinky. But it was all due to his baseball activities. The jeering came from a golf outing that came a day after he was scratched with stiffness in the shoulder. After the game, Beckett admitted he was terrible, but defended his choice to play golf.
“I spend my off days the way I want to spend them,” Beckett told reporters.
According to ESPNBoston.com‘s Gordon Edes, the rest of the conversation on the subject went like this:
Question: Any regrets?
Answer: My off day is my off day.
Question: Given that you were skipped a start with what was described as a tight lat muscle, do people have the right to question why you were golfing?
Answer: Not on my off day.
Question: Do you understand the perception that leaves when the team is playing as poorly as it is?
Answer: We get 18 off days a year. I think we deserve a little time to ourselves.
No doubt, Josh Beckett is a Sports Bonehead!
Remember he got named last season for drinking beer in the clubhouse at the end of the season when the Red Sox choked their way out of the playoff consideration? Yep, same Josh Beckett.