The sneer on his face every fifth day is a pretty good indicator of how serious Josh Beckett takes his starts. Forget about losing. Beckett has disdain for making a bad pitch.
"He gets mad about outs that are hit hard," notes Red Sox first baseman Keivn Youkilis. "We always joke about that with him. I'm like, 'You just got three outs and three outs were hit right at people.' But that's how he is. He's a perfectionist, just like myself, like [Dustin] Pedroia."
In his dealings with the media, Beckett is often perceived as surly. The truth of the matter is, Beckett isn't a big fan of talking about himself. His best answers come when he's asked about a teammate.
Why is this?
"It all comes from a saying my dad told me a long time ago," said Beckett. "Accept credit and take blame. I don't know. It's one of those deals, you don't want it to be like a conscious deal, but it is. I think that this is such a team game that unless you're out there just striking everyone out, guys are making plays behind you. Wins and losses, I'm not going to say they're completely luck, but a lot of things have to go right for you to win a game."
Beckett is the owner of an expansive ranch in south Texas. He is a huge fan of hunting and fishing.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.