YFSF: We Beg Others to Report. Then We Report. Then You Decide.

We shot Boston Herald beat writer Rob Bradford an email yesterday afternoon, and he was good enough to ask Josh Beckett about the mySpace site bearing his name and purporting to be created by him. He gave us a call before the game last night to fill us in.

"He said it’s a fake," Bradford relayed."He said they’re trying to take it down. … I guess it happens more often than you’d realize."

Beckett only recently became aware of the site, first informed by Red Sox public-relations director John Blake, Bradford said.

The site perpetuates what Bradford said is largely a myth — that Beckett is an angry person, a reputation gained through his fiery mound outbursts and sometimes-surly postgame press conferences.

Bradford disagreed with that perception, saying Beckett is one of his favorite interviews.

"The funny thing is I find him to be one of the most personable players," Bradford said. "Unfortunately, sometimes all that people see is when he swears at the press conferences."

So there you go. Many thanks to Rob, further cementing his status as one of Boston’s best reporters.

11 comments… add one
  • What about the Snyder and Youk ones he is friends with on myspace?

    SF Kevin July 24, 2007, 7:24 am
  • Also, Johnny Damon is a friend of his.
    I smell something fishy here. Frankly, I can’t see it taking much more than a phone call from Josh’s lawyer or the Red Sox army of legal men and women to get a bogus MySpace page down ASAP.

    LocklandSF July 24, 2007, 9:05 am
  • i still think the site is hilarious.

    beth July 24, 2007, 12:44 pm
  • A fake MySpace page. You don’t say. Next thing you’ll tell me is that only 11 year olds and pervs use MySpace. Whew… thank God that’s cleared up. Let’s see if ESPNews has broken in with this …

    Harold Nelson July 24, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • That faux Josh Beckett MySpace page is funny.
    I like how they used a Redneck/militia/gun-lover aesthetic with camo wallpaper.
    This was probably the giveaway that it wasn’t the real Josh.
    If Beckett had a real MySpace page, it certainly would have a lot of bunny rabbits, unicorns, with pinks and pastels.
    And plenty of Broadway show tunes and Celine Dion instead of headbanger rock. ;)

    yf2k July 24, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • yf2k wins the funny award!
    I am more interested in the idea that Josh Beckett could be a relatively good interview/person (really? I’ve always accepted the surface interpretation of angry young man) than in whether or not the MySpace page (hilarious!) is real or fake.
    PS My girlfriend is now my fiancee. I asked her on Sunday!

    Devine July 24, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • Congrats, Devine! Was she surprised?

    Paul SF July 24, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • Also, is she as hardcore of a fan as you are?
    I’m slowly converting my girlfriend to the light, but she was still somewhat annoyed when I screamed “God-f*cking-damnit” after Lester gave up a 2-run homer last night.
    If the Sox make it to the World Series she’ll cross over completely. I’ve still got vouchers for games 6 and 7 of the World Series, 2 tickets each leftover from 2004. Watching 2 World Series games in Fenway will be a glorious baptism for her.

    Atheose - SF July 24, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Yes, I think she was surprised. Her sister played a great part in it, actually. At one point a few weeks ago, my fiancee asked her sister whether I was thinking of proposing any time soon. Her sister knew this was in fact the case, and misled her into thinking I was probably planning it for later this year or early next year. The mouth-open shock on Sunday was real as far as I could tell. And thanks, Paul.
    Atheose, I feel you. My lady has very much gotten into the Sox over the past season and a half. She will never be as…uh…”devoted” as I am, but she knows the guys on the team and cares whether they win and not just for my sake.

    Devine July 24, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • Trying to make a name for yourselves by reporting (cough) on obviously fraud MySpace pages? Nice work kids. You just set fan blogging back five years, if anyone reads this crap. Now go play on your MySpace pages where you belong.

    Gary Eidelstein July 25, 2007, 9:07 am
  • *eye roll*

    Paul SF July 25, 2007, 10:47 am

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