Responding to Curt Schilling's criticism that things aren't going well in Red Sox camp under manager Bobby Valentine, Sox pitcher Josh Beckett said in an interview with The Big Show, "I haven't seen him around this year. Is he one of our pitchers?"
"I haven't seen him around," Beckett continued. "I'd think if someone knew that much they'd probably be a little closer to it. Game's a lot easier from over there [as a media person], I think. As far as him speaking about how things are being run, I haven't seen him around here to where he would know that much."
Beckett said that things have been "great" with Valentine and he's particular liked some of the changes he's made for the pitchers.
"My legs have never felt this good coming out of spring training," Beckett said. "We don't shag during spring training. [Valentine] actually said that, 'We run a shag-free spring training.' Some of that, not being on my feet during spring training has been helped. I definitely think some of the stretching and workouts have paid off well for me."
The pitcher acknowledged that the Sox have to get off to a better start this season.
"We definitely have to do better than we did last April, especially at the beginning," he said. "I know we started to kind of play a bit better toward the end of April, but we definitely have to do better than we did last April. You can't put yourself in that hole and expect to dig yourselves out of it again. I think everybody here knows that and we're going to go out and play our tails off."
Beckett also addressed his working relationship with Jason Varitek, saying, "It was like having another pitching coach out there. I think the biggest thing for me with Jason is, when we sat down and had our presume meetings, a lot of it was him listening to how I wanted to approach this guy, and he'd give me his input and we'd form a plan that way. He was huge for me. He reminds you of the things that make you successful and he forces you to do those."
Beckett was also asked about being a new father and what that will mean for him this season.
"Obviously my daughter is the most important thing to me," he said. "To answer you question, I don't know because I've never done it before. I think spring training has been really good because it's a program that lets you ease into being who I am and kind of learning the ropes. It gets very difficult I think for some people because we get home late, we're on the road. Those 10-day road trips I think are going to be the hardest times, not being able to see her nearly as much."
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