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.