Red Sox Spring Training Blog: Beckett, Lester Take Responsibility

A Blog by Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports

FORT MYERS (CBS) – WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche is down in sunny Florida as Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.

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1:30 PM – Full Workout on Day 1

The Red Sox put in a full day of work on Sunday…a day that is usually just the first day to report that you’re in Fort Myers.

Beckett threw a side session and looked fine. He talked at length afterwards with new pitching coach Bob McClure.

Watch Ben Cherington Discuss How The Sox Are Moving On From Last Year: 

Of the players, Beckett and Lester were the center of attention. Both met with the media and both were asked about beer and chicken in the clubhouse, and their roles in the September collapse. Both were pretty good about owning up to it.

Also, we talked with Clay Buchholz about it. You’ll see that tonight on Sports Final at 11:35 p.m. on WBZ-TV.

11:30 AM – Beckett: “I Didn’t Pitch Well”

Here’s some of what Beckett had to say

“I didn’t pitch well.”

“We did make mistakes in the clubhouse.”

“(The) biggest mistake I made was not pitching well against Baltimore (over the final two starts).”

“I had lapses in judgment.”

“I’m upset with myself for the lapses in judgement.”

“I had things going on. I got distracted – the biggest thing for me.”

“It sucks the way things ended.”

Watch Buccholz Tell Dan Roche That The Sox Have Learned From Their Mistakes: 

11:15 AM – Lester: “We Stunk”

Lester seemed to hold himself accountable for his role in last September’s collapse.

“I stunk. We stunk.”

“Tampa Bay was better. That’s basically what it was.”

“Last spring everyone was ready to give us the World Series. This year I think we come in underdogs, and that’s going to be fun.”

10:45 AM – Some Sleepless Nights

Josh Beckett threw off the mound for a few minutes and looked fine.

Beckett told me he’s had some sleepless nights down here due to his 4-month-old daughter.

Beckett also said that one big difference between this camp and the past ones: stretching. The players have stretched more than ever, maybe three times as much as before.

10 AM – Valentine Excited

New manager Bobby Valentine was excited for his team’s “fresh start” after last season’s collapse.

Read more of what he had to say here.

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  • carla

    welcome to spring training red sox style bobby v. and you pitchers and catchers too. it’s time to get underway. get it together lads. hard work, hard work and hard work. hope you’ve learned lessons from last year. remember to apply yourselves to the stretching and all that part of the program, cause pulled hammies/obliques etc will be subject to fines assessed by the kangaroo court at “carla’s place.” it has not been a good fall & winter being a member of rsn in ny. let’s play ball! cheers!

    • blackbear1

      Nice, upbeat post Carla. You hit on a great point re: stretching! Will lead to better overall conditioning. Good luck to you ny. that must be the pits.

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  • AtomicTickets

    Well Spring Training is Officially under way and I had hoped that Josh Beckett as the unofficial leader of our pitchers and one of the club leaders would have taken MORE responsibilty for last years collapse and set the tone for this year and get us off in the right frame of mind. A true leader puts iyt all on him and says I screwed up , I apoligize and I will make sure that Never happens again !

    We’ll see what happens and how they start the season ! If you have a chance check I’d like to hear what You thought ???

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