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Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:38 pm
By Matt Snyder

The collapse of the 2011 Boston Red Sox has had significant fallout already, as manager Terry Francona is gone and general manager Theo Epstein appears to be on his way out as well.

And, since it's Boston -- just as would be the case in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. -- the local crowd is ready to place blame. Things unraveled on a team that was expected by many to win the World Series, so it's someone's fault. Well, you have Francona and Epstein. Carl Crawford was awful after signing a huge contract. John Lackey was terrible again. But there's more ...

The Boston Globe has given us several scapegoats. Let's try to sum it up -- again, this is all via

• Francona reportedly lost control of the team amidst problems with his health and marriage, though he took exception to the claims.

Red Sox dysfunction
“It makes me angry that people say these things because I’ve busted my [butt] to be the best manager I can be,’’ Francona said ( “I wasn’t terribly successful this year, but I worked harder and spent more time at the ballpark this year than I ever did.’’

On the "health" front, the report painted a picture of Francona's reliance on pain-killers.

• Reportedly the Red Sox players were angry that, in late August, they were forced to play a day-night doubleheader due to Hurricane Irene and complained to management that it cared more about money than winning. After that doubleheader, the Red Sox would not win two straight games again all season.

Tim Wakefield reportedly cared more about getting his 200th win than the team overall doing well. “I think the fans deserve an opportunity to watch me chase that record,’’ Wakefield told Fox Sports.

• Team captain Jason Varitek reportedly stopped exerting leadership in the clubhouse, while only Dustin Pedroia "and a few other players" remained fully committed to winning.

• And now the big one. The starting rotation, specifically Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey and occasionally Clay Buchholz have been accused of regularly drinking beer and eating fast-food fried chicken while playing video games in the clubhouse during games. From the Boston.comarticle:
Drinking beer in the Sox clubhouse is permissible. So is ordering take-out chicken and biscuits. Playing video games on one of the clubhouse’s flat-screen televisions is OK, too. But for the Sox pitching trio to do all three during games, rather than show solidarity with their teammates in the dugout, violated an unwritten rule that players support each other, especially in times of crisis.

Sources said Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, who were joined at times by Buchholz, began the practice late in 2010. The pitchers not only continued the routine this year, sources said, but they joined a number of teammates in cutting back on their exercise regimens despite appeals from the team’s strength and conditioning coach Dave Page.

“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,’’ one source said.

For Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, the consequences were apparent as their body fat appeared to increase and pitching skills eroded. When the team needed them in September, they posted a combined 2-7 record with a 6.45 earned run average, the Sox losing 11 of their 15 starts.
Needless to say, this isn't going to sit well with Red Sox Nation.

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Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:24 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

beckett's an overrated lazy slug, buchholtz a lazy head case, lester a whack job..get them all is a disgrace

Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:16 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

This is great news for the rest of the AL East.  These guys are classless bums and that's not going to change.  Lester suprises me.  Lackey and Beckett are D bags so no shock there.  Good example for Buchholtz.  Rehab your back with video games and fried chicken.  Sweeeeet!

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:57 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

It is amazing how different the Yankees and Red Sox are in terms of organizational standards and priorities, it's like night and day.

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:54 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

They are now at home watching the games! I would get rid of them if it were my team! If I would have had that info, I would have cashed out the 401k went to Vegas and put it all on them to lose! Maybe next year!

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:45 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Hahahahha. Usually I would brush off an article like this one and think the media is trying too hard; but this article is pretty legit as it shows how the team lost character and determination during the stretch run. They took their talent for granted and thought they could just cruise into the postseason while slacking off and not caring about the team. Expect a similar result next year for the BumSux= no postseason!

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:45 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

As a TRUE, diehard Red Sox fan, I am absolutely DISGUSTED with this team.  Anyone who thinks that these guys (who are making $15 million a year) who were doing what they were doing during games is alright, is a MORON!  As I sat their watching these guys play, I could tell they didn't give a shit.  Jon Lester looked awful, and didn't seem to care.  John Lackey is one of the biggest a-holes in baseball outside of Carlos Zambrano.  The fans of the Red Sox who shell out $100 a ticket to go to the famed Fenway Park to see their favorite team, do not deserve this.  This team needs a culture change, starting with getting a manager who doesn't put up with any shit.  No more players managers....  Sorry Francona, but it sounded like you lost this team.  It got waaaaay out of control.  This offseason will be KEY to what they do statistically, next season...

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:45 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I just hope it was some good takeout chicken, like Popeye's!

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:39 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

If they were drinking, I would least hope that they were drinking Sam Adams, and not any of that yellow pi$$........ Ah yes, the "Nectar of the Gods", Benjamin Franklin would of been proud of these guys.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:35 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to win a world series."

  David Wells begs to differ.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:28 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Welcome the club and scrutiny of high priced teams Red Sox nation. This goes w/the territory!

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