Beckett: I'm happy, healthy, and not changing for the media

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Beckett: I'm happy, healthy, and not changing for the media

The somber, stoic facade that Josh Beckett displays 100 percent of the time to the Red Sox media -- and, thus, Red Sox Nation -- disappeared Tuesday.

Instead, it was a friendly, chatty Beckett who appeared on WAAF's Hill Man Morning Show Tuesday morning to hype the sixth annual Beckett Bowl, and in the process he let it be known that:

He's happy in Boston,

His back feels good and he'll be able to make his scheduled start Wednesday, and

He's not going to change for the media, who "want you to be who they want you to be instead of just who you are."

Click here to listen to the interview, highlights of which are listed below:

On how hes feeling:
Im good. Just muscle spasms. We traveled in late from New York, and I didnt sleep particularly well. I had a lot of anxiety and stress things going on, exterior distractions. I dont think a lot of it was great for my back. Then going out and pitching on that mound, it was very wet and my back just locked up on me.

On making his start tomorrow:
Oh yeah. I think I could have went today, Jonny Lesters day. He pitched so well last time that it was kind of up to him when he wanted to pitch. He was going to go today on his normal day and Ill go tomorrow.

On whether this season has been harder:
Well I think just this past week regarding trade rumors was different for me, and I alluded to that, I did a little press conference after my start the other day and I alluded to that. Just that week was so much different for me because they were all rumors. They were apparently not being brought up by the Red Sox, because I was hearing from everybody that none of this was true and everything like that, but I still had to answer questions about it, so it was very confusing. Thats where I think the anxiety comes in. Its not so much stress, its more anxiety than anything because youre not real sure how things are going.

On whether he feels hes misunderstood by fans and media:
I think for me, Im just me. I dont pay too much mind to when people have their opinions about it. Im not going to change and I think sometimes thats kind of what the media outlets want you to do here. They want you to be who they want you to be instead of just who you are. Im just me, and I have a really good support group around me. As long as I dont do anything to piss my wife off, Ill be OK.

On players potentially ratting Bobby Valentine out to upper management:
I dont even know. I heard something about the Will Middlebrooks thing, but Im almost positive that Bobby was the one that brought that up to the media. I dont know. Like I said, you cant pay attention to it. Ive got too many other things to do, basically. I dont have time to pay attention to what Joe expletive is writing.

On Curt Schilling saying he would take a swing at a manager for what Valentine said to Middlebrooks and whether hed do the same:
No, not if hes my manager I wouldnt. I think thats easy for Schill to say now that hes not on the team.

On whether hes happy in Boston:
Yeah.

On if the Red Sox have a dysfunctional clubhouse:
No, its the exact opposite. Theres people who want it to be that way, and its not so it makes them mad when they come in there and were laughing and joking and having a good time. They want the perception to be something, and thats what theyre going to write. Theres some very, very good media outlets here and theres some very, very not good ones. The ones that are not good are the ones that want to perception to be what they want it to be no matter what, and thats what theyre going to write.

Theres nothing you can do about it, and thats the way its been here for a long time. I talked to Jim Rice about it a few days ago. Jimmy was obviously not a fan of the media at all when he was here and had a lot of trouble with that and ended up to where he thinks it actually cost him a couple years on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. Thats just the way it is, thats the way its always been here apparently. They talk about Ted Williams had problems with it when he was here.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
 
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
 
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
 
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake