By Jon Fucile
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.
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.