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Sunday, February 26, 2012
Beckham focusing on just 'being me'

By Bruce Levine

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is finished trying to live up to other people’s expectations.

“I have re-dedicated myself to being me and just that,” Beckham said. “I don’t know any other way to put it. This offseason I got back to being me.”

The Georgia native is coming off his second straight disappointing season and, after a long conversation with his father, he’s prepared to implement a new approach to the 2012 season, including paying less attention to what is said in the media or by fans.

“That’s not important to me. It used to be, but it’s not anymore,” Beckham said. “I talked to my dad and asked what he sees, and he said what he saw was not me. It’s like I can act like the guy I have been acting like and roll over and die, or become the guy you were and let it loose.”

Beckham hit .230 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs in 2011, a far cry from his rookie season, in which he hit 16 home runs in three and a half months.

“It’s hard to hear from your dad that he didn’t even recognize who you were,” Beckham said. “That’s hard, but that’s what I needed to hear. I knew I needed to change and I’ve changed.”

Beckham said that he does not need to alter his swing, just the way he works.

“It was more my approach and who I was being on the field, he said. “I have tweaked some stuff, but it is not my swing, it is more about the guy who is swinging the bat.”