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08:46 AM ET 02.04 | Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, who was at the center of the team's clubhouse drinking scandal last season, broke his silence on the matter on Thursday. Beckett chose a safe harbor, going on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" show hosted by former teammate Kevin Millar. "I think the biggest key is what [Jon] Lester said to the end that, we stunk on the field and that was the bottom line," Beckett said. "If we would have pitched better, none of that stuff would have even been an issue. And it shouldn't be an issue anyway because what goes on in the clubhouse should stay in the clubhouse. I don't care who says that or whatever, I'm not saying we don't make mistakes in the clubhouse ... it's just what goes on in the clubhouse, it's supposed to stay in the clubhouse." Beckett also discussed his meeting with Bobby Valentine last month.

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February 4, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Hookers, Booze, Blow and Fried Chicken. What starts in the dugout stays in the dugout

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February 4, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Yeah stuff should stay in the locker room...agreed. But also if you suck or have injury problems you can expect people to be critical if there's something you're doing that robs the team of your best. Honestly, Beckett needs to own up to it and make changes. He could be better and healthier for it.

February 4, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Not so sure that guys drinking in the locker room during games in a pennant race is the norm.
It sure does not say much for that ole " it is all about the team" concept.
Beckett still does not man up and just say we were "wrong and a##holes" to go about it all the way we did.
Bobby V is the perfect manager for this group. He fits right in. Why do they think he could only find a job managing in JAPAN twice. He could not get a job in this country....

February 4, 2012  10:21 AM ET

So, I'm drunk and we won would mean no one would care? I think he still in denial about how serious that is. Maybe that was part of the problem with boozing and eating while the team was learning. Is almost like the band still playing while the titanic was sinking.

February 4, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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So, I'm drunk and we won would mean no one would care? I think he still in denial about how serious that is. Maybe that was part of the problem with boozing and eating while the team was learning. Is almost like the band still playing while the titanic was sinking.

Beckett is one of the biggest first class a##holes in all of baseball. always was.
He just happens to be a very good pitcher. So all is forgiven in some circles.

February 4, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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Hookers, Booze, Blow and Fried Chicken. What starts in the dugout stays in the dugout

new BoSox ad campaign?

February 4, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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Hookers, Booze, Blow and Fried Chicken. What starts in the dugout stays in the dugout

That's funny! Beckett trying to justify their behaviour by saying it would be different had they won.....is just sad!

February 4, 2012  11:39 AM ET

It's the Bobby Knight philosophy - 'Winning justifies the basest behavior'. They'll always be those that preach it.

February 4, 2012  12:08 PM ET

It's absolutely true though. In '04 Millar & Company drank shots before the game. But since they won it was OK. They were cult heroes then.

February 4, 2012  12:36 PM ET
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Beckett is one of the biggest first class a##holes in all of baseball. always was. He just happens to be a very good pitcher. So all is forgiven in some circles.

My father met both Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Gehrig was a first class a##hole, and everyone knew it. Ruth was an alcoholic and a serial w-h-o-r-e humper. But Gehrig could play the game, and Ruth would play sandlot ball with the kids while his woman was waiting.

You don't have to like a guy, so long as he fights for the team and executes.

February 4, 2012  12:41 PM ET
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It's absolutely true though. In '04 Millar & Company drank shots before the game. But since they won it was OK. They were cult heroes then.

The Red Sox "Idiots" took pride in being the anti-Wall-Street group. It's why Damon had the caveman look, and Manny always wore a dirty helmet. Yin needs yang to make the world go round. It's what makes the rivalry interesting.

February 4, 2012  12:43 PM ET

Character. It counts.
Not just this guy, but this guy too.

February 4, 2012  12:51 PM ET

There's a clubhouse snitch or two in that organization.

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February 4, 2012  01:39 PM ET

How can he say that the alcohol didn't affect anything? How does he know if they didn't get fat from eating fried chicken and beer after every game that they wouldn't have won? Very easy to say if they won one more game that no one wouldn't be talking about it. But they didn't. They were horrible the last month. Conditioning is part of sports you **** lol. Good to hear he hasn't learned jack

February 4, 2012  01:44 PM ET
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Hookers, Booze, Blow and Fried Chicken. What starts in the dugout stays in the dugout

where there is a lack of respectability, its a lack of confidenciality, anything that its from your own files, records, or anything that have to do with your private life should be confidencial, beckett its right whatever happen in the dugout should have stayed there, and whatever happen in their bullpen should stay there, but all that i can see here its, that the red sox owners or excecutives were trying to find a guilty person to being able to throw at that person all the fault, the team collapse? the owners can't hide their face? what they do? wash their hands and find a guilty person, in that way they would said we took care of that problem!!!

February 4, 2012  01:45 PM ET

The far bigger issue for me remains how obviously out-of-shape some of the players were (definitely contributed to Youkilis breaking down) and how inappropriately conditioned the pitchers were (exercise is great but when it is appropriate to the athletic endeavor. Train the wrong muscles and at best you lose flexibility and range of motion, at worst you see some bizarre injuries (think Jon Lester's issues mid-season). This was a multi-faceted trainwreck and I hope the surgeon has done a good job debriding this wound. We'll see....

February 4, 2012  01:49 PM ET
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There's a clubhouse snitch or two in that organization.

the good teaching starts from the top, the owners can't said that they are perffect, if you fire your manager, then you throw dirt on your GM's face, that's a sign that you are dipleased with all the results with your team, the best thing to do its, make alots of wood from the tree that its laying down in the floor!!!

 
February 4, 2012  02:09 PM ET
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It's absolutely true though. In '04 Millar & Company drank shots before the game. But since they won it was OK. They were cult heroes then.

There's a difference. and Beckett doesn't get it. Millar and co. had A shot before A game. before. It was a bonding thing and a morale thing before a big game. It brought the team closer together and it eased the tension before the biggest game in their season. Beckett, Lester and co were drinking beerS, and eating chicken DURING gameS. IT was an anti-bonding thing because they left the bench during games. By their actions, they were saying: "I really don't care who wins/loses this game because I won't be in it." It not only effected their readiness to play in the game and hand but it hurt their abilities to play in the games that they did play in. Beckett and Lester literally got fat over the course of the season.

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