[F]rom a physical, fundamental and mental preparation, we just didn't have it every night. ...The Herald's John Tomase's article on Page implies (to me, at least) that the texter was Josh Beckett. Page did tell WEEI that the Baltimore player was not Beckett, and a SoSH process of elimination suggests Lester was the pitcher.
We got to the end of the year where we had four guys - without naming names --we had four guys that we thought didn't make it to that part of the season where we hoped they would be: one position player - an everyday guy - one pitcher - a starting pitcher -- and two bullpen guys. For the most part, everybody else had stayed within where we wanted them to be. They were what we expected. Most of them were working. ...
I did have a good conversation with one player at the end of the year in Baltimore that really kind of opened my eyes. I said, "Hey, what's going on here? It seemed like you pulled the plug a little bit. Why?" He kind of looked down at the ground, looked back and me and said, "I don't know why. I can't answer that question." Which was kind of a shock. ...
I got a text message from one player the other night that said ... "I feel this is all my fault."
Bob Hohler's article in the Globe mentioned that Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, and other players cut back on their exercise regimens despite Page's appeals. One source (who could well have been Page, considering this radio interview), said, "It's hard for a guy making $80,000 to tell a $15 million pitcher he needs to get off his butt and do some work." (Beckett earned $17 million in 2011 and Lackey was paid $15.9. Lester earned $5.8, with Buchholz at $0.5.) Since the club knew Lackey was hurt and would likely need surgery at the end of the year, the butt-sitting pitcher here is probably Beckett.
Page also mentioned a game against the Yankees in late August that he watched from the bullpen as an excellent example of the team's lack of effort.
In the first six innings ... we hit 18 balls in play. [Of the] 18 outs that we made, seven times the guy who hit the ball never made it to first base - peeled off before he got to the bag. I said something to the other coaches. I said, "We're just not playing hard."Running all the way to first base seems like the least a batter can do after he has hit the ball. The peeling off annoys the hell out of me, as does the media's highly selective reporting on who does the peeling. Many Sox also do not bother running from first to second while the opposing team is trying to turn a double play. So a base runner (who is often lauded for "playing the game the right way") is busy making a wide half-circle in shallow right field while the other team turns two.