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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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Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:07 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Get Richard Simmons to manage those drunk fat slobs haha, he'll sweat that chicken out of them!



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:06 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

The beer was Samuel Adams Octoberfest, they were just testing it and the chicken was from Walmart, the suff they give to the homeless shelter, so there was no cost to the BOSOX! Maybe they should have pitched DRUNK that last month and we be in the series haha.



Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:43 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

The Red Sox should put Curt Schilling in as manager.

Sure he is a big blowhard, that's exactly why they need him in the dugout.  He called out his own teammates as a matter of course.  He would not let players turn into slugs like Kevin Youkilis.  Youk is so out of shape he breaks into a sweat when he puts on his hat.

Curt would shake things up.  He'd sure expect his players to take the field when they have minor injuries.



Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 6:36 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I wasn't one to blame Francona for the BoSox meltdown, but if this report is true, he has to shoulder some blame.  Absolutely unacceptable for those clowns to drink beer and be vidiots DURING GAMES???  This is totally shocking.  All three should be given their walking papers.  I can't believe between Pedroia, Ortiz, etc., that someone didn't confront them on their behavior.  I would be livid if I were a Red Sucks fan.  Yankee fans will be delivering kegs to the Boston clubhouse next year.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 6:00 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I would too if I played for the Red Sox!


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Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:00 am
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Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:24 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Big contracts have ruined the game. Why would somebody making $15 million/year, or in some cases $20 or $25 million, care at all about winning? They get paid the same regardless. If they go to the postseason, that’s just more work they have to do, which decreases their hourly wage since they don’t make any more money.

I saw a David Ortiz interview on ESPN today. She asked him what he thought about Epstein leaving. That was breaking news to him. I didn’t listen to his answer, but my thought was...why would he care at all? His paycheck will remain exactly the same.








Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:22 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I just dug out my back yard and replanted an entire lawn swinging a 6lb pick axe all day long, I got back spasms but with a 5 minute rest was able to get the job done.
LOL, there's a difference between doing your yard work and hitting the HR's necessary to win a game. The earth was a baseball moving 95+ mph and being throw with enough action on it to move around on you. Sad the Red Sox failed, but my Phillies did too.


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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:51 am
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

It's not up to the trainer making $80,000 a year to tell players to get their heads into games.  That's Francona's job and he didn't do it.  In the month of September Big Papi missed two games because of back spasms.  Seriously?  Big Papi is a DH, it's not like he has to do much more than go up to the plate 4-5 times per game and since he makes $12.5 million a year I am sure the Red Sox orgazation along with Francona should expect him to play.  A back spasm can literally render someone temporarily paralyzed but with a training staff, a massage, and a jacuzzi plus a pain killer if needed there is no reason to miss a game due to a back spasm.  I am 44 years of age and I just dug out my back yard and replanted an entire lawn swinging a 6lb pick axe all day long, I got back spasms but with a 5 minute rest was able to get the job done.  Big Papi is 7 years younger than myself, a professional athlete, and has to swing a 35oz bat a few times per day.  And Francona let him get  away with it.  Carl Crawford missed a game due to a stiff neck.  Crawford 30 years of age, $20 million dollar contract and he  has training staff, massages, and jacuzzi all at his fingertips.  Stiff neck, back spasm it's real simple girls those are muscular problems loosen them up and play.  I imagine Cal Ripken played at least a hundred times in his career with a back spasm.  Than there is Kevin Youkilis making $14.5 million per year sitting out the month of September with bursitis of the hip.  Yes, bursistis is painful but the Red Sox pay him to play through the pain and a pain killer along with massages and a jacuzzi to loosen up before the games could have made him a contributor in games.  Again Francona let Youkilis sit.  Finally the genius move Josh Redick is playing good baseball the entire month of August and is one of the few players that had a decent September at the plate and in the field and down the stretch the Sox decide it's time to have JD Drew work the rust out.  Francona might have worked very hard but if you have to work hard to put out a horrible product on the field than it was time for him to leave as he wasn't capable of leading a winner anymore.  Red Sox need to clean house in the off season and get rid of Youkilis and Big Papi; bad influences in the club house.  As for the pitching staff drinking, eating chicken and playing video games in the clubhouse during games if this is true than Francona is an idiot for letting it happen.


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