According to Salk, Bedard has no motivation to do well and when things go bad, his body language on the mound is worse than John Lackey's.
Erik Bedard plus angry Red Sox fans, I can't see a way in which this ends well. I just can't. ... I just don't think he likes baseball that much. ... I don't think he really cares that much whether or not he pitches well. I don't think the idea of being in a pennant race is actually going to bring him to a better level. ... With the opportunity to shine in front of the scouts [last Friday], he tanked it. There's definitely a belief out here that he tanked that start on purpose so that he wouldn't go anywhere.I recall the Red Sox had a relief pitcher in 2004 who did not much like baseball - he freely admitted he hated watching games on TV - but he ended up risking and likely sacrificing the rest of his career to bring Boston a world championship that many of us thought we've never live to see. So, pardon me, Mr. Salk, but fuck you.
Actually, Salk did have some kind words about Bedard:
When he is on, he's fantastic. I loved him from afar. I thought he was one of the most talented pitchers I'd ever watched from the left side. Loved the hard fastball, loved the two-plane curve.Salk added that Bedard was considered a good teammate in Seattle.