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Josh Beckett says media turned him into a ‘monster’

Josh Beckett debuted for the Dodgers on Monday.Joe Mahoney/AP

The newest Dodgers starter and former Red Sox pitcher of seven years, Josh Beckett, opened up a little to WEEI's Rob Bradford about leaving Boston and starting fresh in Los Angeles. The most notable points included his consultation with the other players traded before waiving his 10-and-5 rights and how the media -- not necessarily the fans -- ran him out of town.

Among the highlights:

-- Beckett said he called Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to see if moving to Los Angeles is something they wanted to do. Everyone seemed on board, he said, and general manager Ben Cherington's professionalism made the move as easy and not awkward as possible.


-- "Once they want you out of there, they want you out of there," Beckett said. "By them, I don't necessarily mean the fans. There are certain people in the media who painted me out to be a monster with horns, and that's just not the case. ... They're going to keep on, keeping on, keeping on until they get what they want."

-- When asked if he had any regrets for his actions in Boston, such as playing a round of golf the day after he was scratched from a start, Beckett said that being himself is all he can be, and that lying doesn't make anything better. He also said that he has been the same person when he was in Florida, in Boston and now in Los Angeles.

-- Beckett compared himself to Keith Foulke, who helped the Red Sox win their first championship in 86 years but still became what Beckett described as a "monster" to Red Sox Nation in 2006. "It's just a matter of time before they get you, basically. And that's unfortunate," he said. "I think Jonny Lester knows that. I think Clay Buchholz knows that. Your time will come."