A Spring Tradition

A lot of habits from the Old Red Sox (i.e., the Dan Duquette Years) have gone away. The dysfunction, the questionable draft choices, the lack of winning championships.

One thing, apparently, has not.


Josh Beckett, come on down! You join Roger Clemens, Mo Vaughn, Johnny Damon and Curt Schilling as the next contestant in the Weight is Wrong!

32 comments… add one
  • He needs to lay off the venison jerky and PBR, STAT.

    LocklandSF February 14, 2008, 11:39 am
  • Didn’t Matsuzaka also show up last year a little beefier than advertised? He eventually slimmed back down. I’m not worried. Beckett’s a little husky, but he’s no Mo.

    FenSheaParkway February 14, 2008, 11:41 am
  • Tito: “Hey, have any of you guys seen Dustin?”
    Beckett: /looks around sheepishly.. kicks dirt.. belches.

    attackgerbil February 14, 2008, 11:41 am
  • lol, AG. Hilarious.
    Yeah, I’m not worried, but that’s just not a flattering picture — or pitcher. Har.
    I’d forgotten all about the Matsuzaka controversy, which just goes to show…

    Paul SF February 14, 2008, 12:00 pm
  • I was almost blinded by that white belly. He arrived in sunny weather just in time.

    DR February 14, 2008, 12:04 pm
  • What’s with Matsuzaka’s Mohawk/Mullet thing he’s rocking?

    LocklandSF February 14, 2008, 12:14 pm
  • AG you just made my day!

    Atheose February 14, 2008, 12:58 pm
  • Come on guys. You really think that picture is authentic? Ever heard of photoshop? You can put that pic right up there with the one of the couple having their picture taken atop the world trade center as the plane was flying toward them in the backround.

    john February 14, 2008, 2:34 pm
  • AP has a photo out today that was taken from a different angle. It does not disprove the above photo, and does in fact show some flab, though I admit I have wondered whether it’s a Photoshop job.

    Paul SF February 14, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • that thing looks like a fanny pack fashioned out of flesh. might wanna tuck that there shirt josh.

    sf rod February 14, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • That is why these guys play baseball and not some other sport. C’mon, anybody seen David Wells lately? He was 40 pounds overweight, Always, and he pitched into his 40’s. I don’t see reports saying he took HGH. You don’t have to be skinny to pitch well. It’s all about core strength. The more belly the stronger core. My uncle donny has a huge gut, but it’s as hard as a rock.

    tony February 14, 2008, 2:46 pm
  • That’s no fanny pack, that’s chewing tobacco.

    SF February 14, 2008, 2:48 pm
  • damn i miss rich garces.
    ag- any way you can coin a mickey rivers “missremembering” conversation? you’ve been on a roll of late.

    sf rod February 14, 2008, 2:56 pm
  • I didn’t even realize misremember was a word until it came out of Roger’s mouth.

    LocklandSF February 14, 2008, 3:02 pm
  • See, Roger’s smarter than any of us! The vegan thing was just a ruse…

    Paul SF February 14, 2008, 3:05 pm
  • Obviously, this calls for the most entertaining thing John Kruk has ever said.
    “I ain’t an athlete lady, I’m a baseball player.”
    Unconcerned, and while I’m sure he’s not in the best shape on the Sox roster, this picture also looks like it might’ve been altered at least a bit.

    QuoSF February 14, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • I believe I read it at the Boston Globe, but the picture is in fact authentic. They say that Beckett is in the best shape of his life and that he had a gym put into his home this offseason. He has reportedly been working with a trainer. Hmmmm that photo seems to show otherwise, but I think it’s just a bad angle. I don’t know Beckett to ever have had a weight issue in his time in the ML’s. Either way spring training for pitchers is like boot camp, if there is extra weight it will be off in no time.
    Another John Kruk funny…I forget who said it but when Kruk wore #8 for a short period one of his teammates said he’s the only player with his picture on the back of his jersey.

    John - YF February 14, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • Ah, here’s the original publication, so not a fake.

    Paul SF February 14, 2008, 3:49 pm
  • Just making sure he’s ready for those “gutsy” performances in the playoffs again.
    Good Deity, that was horrible.

    QuoSF February 14, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • Just wait until the upskirt pictures show up in the Boston papers.

    Nate February 14, 2008, 5:17 pm
  • That picture is FAKE!!!!!!

    Ryan February 14, 2008, 6:51 pm
  • Dude, the photo appeared in the Boston Herald. I know they’re not on the top shelf of journalistic quality, but they’re not into fabricating photos.

    Paul SF February 14, 2008, 7:05 pm
  • Who needs a six-pack when you can tap a keg!

    Rob SF February 14, 2008, 7:11 pm
  • It’s a little bit of flab, but he’s got six weeks. That’s plenty of time to drop it, assuming it needs dropping. I don’t know what his playing weight is/should be.

    yankees76 February 14, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • In Josh we trust.

    Pat (SF) February 14, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • 13-12

    dc February 14, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Josh Beckett has obviously adopted Curt Schilling’s innovative new training regimen in which he spends the offseason deadlifting turkey drumsticks and doing bicep curls with large slices of Bundt cake.

    yf2k February 15, 2008, 7:50 am
  • Josh Beckett has obviously been working out and watching his weight. It’s just the way the picture looks. It was a bad angle, it’s not like his stomach is bulgy. Look at other pictures of him, he’s not chubby.

    SoxFan February 23, 2008, 12:03 pm
  • Wow, he looks rediculous. No pitcher can do well carrying a bunch of fat like that!

    CCSabathia February 23, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • It was back spasms that toke David Wells out of game 3 in the 2003 WS, b/c he was/is a fatty. The only difference between the Sox last year and two years ago was Beckett. Better hope he has another Cy-caliber season! Looks like that might not happen though…

    Brendan March 8, 2008, 6:00 pm
  • The only difference between the Sox last year and two years ago was Beckett.
    That’s such an obvious oversimplification, it’s not even worth a response.

    Paul SF March 8, 2008, 6:10 pm
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