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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 Boston.com:

• 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 (Boston.com). “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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Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:25 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Note to Tim (me first) Wakefield:

Actually as a Boston fan, I was rooting against you and your pouting attitude (boo hoo, I'm not in the rotation!  Life is so unfair!)  With any luck, the new regime will get a clue and can you and your 5+ ERA.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:25 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I think the beer, chicken, and video games are just symbolic for their attitude towards their teamates. I mean, if you were on the mound and you knew the rest of the starting pitching staff was out back doin' what frat guys due during gametime would'nt you feel a degree of seperatism? In baseball the team needs to rally together in tough times, especially the veterans. The offense put up their numbers; the pitching staff was terrible. As a red sox fan, I feel like they screwed up one of the most talented teams they've had and in truth it was a good thing for them to fail like they did. They earned it.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:25 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Is it really too much to ask to sit in the dugout during games while you are collecting $92K per for doing nothing???

Hell I make 56k/yr sitting around drinking beer & watching ballgames on TV with the occasional bit of actual employment-related work thrown in

For 92k/game...I think I might be a little more motivated Tongue out



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:22 am
 

Spoiled players

I hope the consequences for Beckett, Lester, and Lackey is that nobody will pay them jack until they prove they can be actual professional athletes again.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:20 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I love the CBS Baseball headline coverage:

  • Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games
  • Report: (Red Sox GM) Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs
  • Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

...and oh yeah, there's the playoffs, too. But we'll get back to that playoff baseball stuff after we report further on the Red Sox.

Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Texas - Playoff Baseball, I love it! (but the Right coast media sure doesn't)

 




Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:19 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I hear Boggsy sneaked in a couple of times for some fried chicken.Wink



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:17 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

You see, even Baseball players get bored watching regular season games and go drink while playing Xbox.


Wish I could have been there to see Wakefield's "Record" 200th win, it only took him a quarter century to achieve.  



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:15 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Blow it up.

The other 3 teams in town are committed to winning, so we can handle a few years to rebuild. 

Keep Ellsbury, Pedroia, Crawford (I have faith) and Lowrie.

Everybody else can be shown the door as far as I'm concerned.    &
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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:13 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

FREEKING OUCH!!!  What an ugly revelation, and one that seriously tarnishes the reputation of all three.  Now we know why they sucked so bad in Sept, they were too busy sucking down beer and chicken bones.  Is it really too much to ask to sit in the dugout during games while you are collecting $92K per for doing nothing???



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:10 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Sox players drinking beer during games?? You know somewhere Wade Boggs is smiling proudly!



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