What really happened to Josh Beckett?

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What really happened to Josh Beckett?

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Predictably, Josh Beckett is having more bad luck in spring training. Injuries and the flu have derailed him in previous years, but this year it is the Red Sox coaches who are intent on injuring their star pitcher.

For you pink hats out there, Josh Beckett is that dreamy fellow with the dumb beard who throws the ball towards the batters and tries to strike them out. Now Sox coaches and the balls themselves have started a revolution against Beckett! Or so were told. Fear not pink hats! His face is okay.

As the story goes, during a drill about two weeks ago, Red Sox coach Terry Francona hit Beckett in the head with a ball but Beckett seemed to be okay.

Flash forward to Monday when Beckett was supposedly hit in the temple by a ball that came off the bat of assistant coach Ino Guerrero. Apparently Guerrero intended to hit the ball towards a bucket near second base but struck Beckett instead. Beckett has since been diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Ouchies.

We made a re-enactment based on first hand reports:

Inos got ups!

But was this really an accident? There are several conspiracy theories out there. Join us as we take a look at a few.

Rumor 1: Francona Smash

There are rumors that Terry and Ino became enraged after a meeting to discuss Becketts salary vs performance last year and that angered carried into practice. Francona instructed Ino to make a statement, and the rest is history.

Hmmm. I could see why they would be upset.
Rumor 2: Bribery!

Stadium cameras at spring training recently captured a parking lot transaction between Dice-K and Francona. With Dice-K knowing hes overrated and kind of awful, perhaps he was bribing Francona to take Beckett out in order to get moved up in the rotation and have one last chance at glory!

Or he was paying him back for that dinner the other night when Dice-K forgot his wallet in his other hat.

Rumor 3: I dont make those cookies, shut up!

Beckett and Alyssa Milano were rumored to have had a fling in the past. Now there is a rumor that Beckett ran into her Monday and told her how lame her clothing line was and asked make a joke about cookies of a similar name. Then things got ugly.

Rumor is the Red Sox may have used the hit by ball story as a cover up.
Rumor 4: Stock gonna knock you out

P.J. Stock was doing a US tour of Skating with the Stars and Beckett attended one of the performances. He made a joke about baseball players being tougher than hockey players. Stock did not appreciate the jokeblatant lie.

Stock sent Beckett flying and Beckett hit his noggin. He probably deserved it.

The hit by ball scenario may seem likely, but there is probably a more sinister, and fun, story behind it all. Too bad well never know.

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to CSNNE.com about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.

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But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with CSNNE.com, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."