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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: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

They don't call them "beer bellies" for nothing. Beer has calories, and drink too much of it without exercise, and it adds up. So saying beer isn't fattening is stupid. And clearly the pitchers weren't conditioning themselves. They were drinking beer, eating fried food and sitting around playing Black Ops or whatever. And when September rolled around, it showed. Beckett and Lester looked bad, pitched bad. And Lackey... well, he was ever worse.

Clearly the managerial staff didn't take this seriously, or they would have instituted a KEEP YOUR ASS IN THE DUGOUT policy and unplugged the XBox 360 and plugged in a couple extra treadmills. It's the managerial staff's JOB to make sure the players are on the right path nutritionally and physically. And they wussed out and let the players walk all over them. Time to being in some guys who will staff the place with water and granola and keep out the beer and wings and not give a flying fig who pisses and moans about it.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I doin't put much credibility on stories where sources go unnamed. It isn't fair for them to smear somone and yet not be accountable. Those who are too chicken to give their name don't get my respect. They're either lying, have an axe to grind or have skeletons in their own closet.
Wasn't their $80,000 a year trainer named?  Must be a die-hard homer to overlook that.



   


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Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:32 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

If those pitchers were at least drinking beer from Samuel Adams, maybe Boston fans will cut them a little slack.  Chances of the Red Sox organization going easy on them for that are probably slim-to-none, though.






Since: May 31, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

That really is ridiculous.  Neither team is better - just fortunate for very poor management and late season play.  Where do I got off with that.  Just look at the numbers - but numbers do not always lead to the best record.  Long term-both the Yankees and the Red Sox will clearly dominate.



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I am a huge baseball fan. I love the game, everything about it. Every year the family goes to florida for Disney and spring training. We'll see 4 or 5 games while down there. This year we were lucky enough to catch the sox vs the marlins. I am a HUGE Redsox fan. I love them. When they lost to the Mets in the WS, my parents let my brother and i stay home from school because we were devastated. All that being said, I am completly sickened by all the sh@t that has gone on since the O's knocked us out. What an absolute embarrassment we've become, a train wreck. I'm more embarrassed about all these stories than i am about our horrible f@#king september. It sucks. I wish i could fast forward to next spring. The redsox as a punch line to a bad joke makes me want to puke up some fried chicken and beer



Since: May 31, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Unfortunately, it is a second rate series.  I am sorry that some fans of the teams that made it into the playoffs cannot accept that the teams are second rate - they are.  The fault is the first line teams for their failure to play to their abilities.  It is always interesting when responses are elicited that show a nerve has been touched.  Major league baseball does not want the quality of teams currently playing.



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Check out the photo's on Boston.com for before and after shots of Lackey, Beckett, Lester and others. They certainly put on some pounds just like Sabathia who couldn't get it done when he had too. Fried Chicken, beer and video games while games were going on ?  ownership says they didn't know ?  It all takes its toll. Why didn't Page say something ? Afraid to get challenged by the million dollar players ? They would have clearly thrown him to the unemployment line.  Looks like more of a mess in Boston than anyone wants to admit. Cant blame Theo for leaving but you have to ask why he didn't know what was going on. Or did he and bail ?



Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Sewertown?? " TRY CITY OF CHAMPIONS"  You stupid tool!!


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Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:39 pm
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