What really happened to Josh Beckett?


What really happened to Josh Beckett?

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.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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