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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: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

BobKulong


Can u send Lackey one of those apps for the offshore jobs?


BOOZESOX
Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:31 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Considering you're a fan of Arizona teams, how are you not passed out blitzed every night, then? I mean, at least there are people in Boston. Can tumbleweeds even cheer?



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I don't blame the Red Sox pitchers drinking beer during games because if I was stick with one of the worst franchises and also fan base of baseball then I would be drinking to.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

No one in LA cares about any team except the lakers. There is no real pressure from the media or fans . The reason being that the weather creates an environment where people participate in sports much more than they watch them.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Spoiled and lazy New Englanders? Let's look at the Boston roster... particularly the 4 pitchers from "Lazygate"

Josh Beckett - Spring, Texas
John Lackey - Abilene, Texas
John Lester - Tacoma, Washington
Clay Buchholz - Nederland, Texas

Notice that none of those 4 guys are from the New England area? Three are from Texas, the other from Washington state. The only New Englander they had on the roster was reliever Dan Wheeler.

Maybe you should rethink your statement.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I guess I'm the only one who didn't expect the Red Sox to win the World Series. I know the players and coaches. They are not championship material. This latest news about players complaining about not making more money than they should or that some were off goofing around when they shouldn't does not come as a surprise to me. For years we have read about people saying how spoiled and lazy New Englanders are......if playing video games and eating fried chicken while your team is getting pawned in the playoffs is not considered out of bounds...then I do not know what is.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Bunch of spoiled lazy b*tches. Baseball is an awfully boring and snobbish sport. BTW congress approved 3 more free trade deals that'll be offshoring more of our jobs.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I lost 60lb, from 200lbs to 140lbs, drinking 10 beers or more per day
Dear gawd, I would not want to be on the road around you on the way home from work. 



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Dreamer alcohol is fattening but that is not the point when Millar, et al drank a shot they did it as a team and went out as a team to support each other.  This situation had a few players caring more about their own drinking and fun (?) than the TEAM.  Remember the Celtics when Larry Bird and team gave up beers until AFTER they won it all.  The difference is the goal as a team vs individual needs/wants


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