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Even if Kevin Youkilis was the clubhouse snitch, a little separation between Lester and Beckett would be a good thing.
At this point in his career, Josh Beckett is resting on his laurels and seems to be content with being a no-good, washed-up, dirty rotten scoundrel.
That's the perception his actions and demeanor have led people to believe.
Regardless, having someone like that in the clubhouse, whether it be a player, manager, traveling secretary or buffet chef should be a deterrent for others.
But he and Lester are chums.
When Lester first saw significant time at the big-league level, Beckett was the perfect candidate to mold the wide-eyed 24-year-old into a dominant force on the mound.
Beckett was coming off a league-leading 20-7 season in which he paced his team to a World Series title, took home an ALCS MVP award and nabbed a second-place finish in AL Cy Young voting.
Who better to lead a promising, young pitcher on the right track?
Fast-forward to 2012 and both pitchers have nearly identical, terrible stats.
Beckett: 5-10, 5.19 ERA, 1.310 WHIP.
Lester: 6-10, 5.20 ERA, 1.374 WHIP.
Somehow, some way, Beckett is contributing to Lester's downfall.