McKeon, recently retired after serving as interim manager of the Marlins, said he simply locked the door to the clubhouse during games in 2003 to keep Beckett and Brad Penny out. He kept a stack of bathroom passes in the dugout for those moments when players absolutely, positively had to go immediately.
“In between innings they’d go to the clubhouse to get a drink or hang out,’’ McKeon told the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi. “I said, ‘Hey, I got no rule against going up if you have to go to the bathroom or something, but get back.’ A couple of times I looked down the bench to talk to somebody and they weren’t there. They were in the clubhouse. So I went up and got them out and said, ‘OK, boys that’s it. We’ll lock the door.’ ”
McKeon didn’t criticize Terry Francona, the former Red Sox manager, for not stopping the behavior in Boston, but said he was disappointed that Beckett’s name was mentioned.
“That’s up to the manager,’’ McKeon said. “If you did that in the past and no one said anything, it looks like it's fine to do that. I just put a stop to it.
“I had a pretty good bunch of guys. A lot of the guys were young guys who’d done it in the past. I was just trying to put a stop to it. Just like I did this year. I didn’t lock it this year, but I threatened a couple of times. They were pretty good.’’