Terry said that the entire dugout kind of exploded when
Jason Varitek hit a home run because of the way everyone feels
about him. Would you agree that it was quite appropriate that he
got such a big hit in such a big game?
JOSH BECKETT: Yeah, I mean, it's awesome. You know,
he wears a C on that jersey for a lot of different reasons, but none
more important than how much respect everybody in that
clubhouse, including players, coaches, upper management, has for
him. You know, we're always pulling for the guy, but it was huge
for him to do that.
How does a delay like that affect you after the first couple
innings, and when there's a change of umpires, is there an
adjustment period on your part to getting used to what was a little
bit of a different strike zone most likely?
JOSH BECKETT: The delay didn't really bug me that
much. I had just come out. I think James Shields probably had the
worst end of that deal.
As far as the strike zone goes, I think both of those guys are pretty
consistent with where the strike zone is.
The Clifford Floyd at bat in the fourth...
JOSH BECKETT: Clifford?
Some of his friends call him that. You got your top radar gun
speed the last pitch to him of the game, 94. Were you humping up
because of the tying run at second base there, or was that just a
JOSH BECKETT: No, it was actually a sinker that I
threw to him. I don't think I was necessarily trying to throw the
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