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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: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:33 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Heck the '86 Mets weren't exactly choirboys. But they won that year so it gets overlooked. If you win, you're colorful, if you lose, you're out of control.  

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:32 pm
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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:27 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. 

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:24 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:19 pm

What is the problem

Lighten up, in our beer league we are trying to get the commish to let us carry
a six pack, and I don't mean abs, to our position in the field! 

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:16 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

The dream is over.  The Red Sox are into another 86 year wait.  Look for another ring around 2093 or so.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:09 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games


........That about sums it up.

I've lived in Boston or around it for a looooooooong time and this is embarrassing to say the least.  I can take the errors and losing championships due to on field play but these buffoons Josh Beer Belly Beckett, John "The Biggest Loser" Lackey, and very disappointing the idiot followers Lester and Buckholz is disgusting.  Lester and Buckholz are simply idiots, morons, <place insult here> for following these two goons.

Lackey - it really is too bad you can't take back a contract and all the money you are stealing right now. I can only wish you the worst.

Beckett - What a loser.  You are out of Cy Young contention and you fold your tent - apparently you're still 15 years old.  Disgusting by far.

Too bad they don't have a Shilling attitude and we would be 2 games up in the playoffs instead of the laughing stock of baseball.

By the way - Theo nobody cares - go back to your gorilla costume.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:42 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

They are doing it wrong let's go back to we are family and Dock Ellis on LSD.  I wonder if The Spaceman - Bill Lee can become the next Red Sox Pitching Coach? 

In The future do LSD , drink Jack Daniels with the idiots, be loose, and create an incredible team chemistry.

Hmmm!  Butch Hobson as manager, Bill Lee as pitching coach and the incoherent Jim Rice has another stint as hitting coach?  I like it!  While we're at it lets promote Ron Washington (Rangers Manager) as GM.  The Red Sox could be The Oakland Raiders of Baseball.  John Henry, as owner, is already a strange dude with alot of money.  He could take Bud Seligs place as Commisioner.   Forget Ron Washington!  Maybe Dennis Eckersley can take a page from his drug fueled past and he could be the GM.  Throwing cheese at other GM's while wheeling and dealing.  Wil Cordero and Manny Ramirez should also return.  They can coach first and third.  Varitek can come back as the highest paid clubhouse manager to make sure that the Clubhouse bar is full at all times especially during games and the fried chicken and food line is full of goodies so the players can keep their weight up during the season.  Oh, Kevin Millar, needs to be the bartender. Wait til next year! Team chemistry is coming back to Red Sox Nation! 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:30 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

That would be funny, except that CC is arguably the best pitcher in the game over the span of the last 5 yrs. Averages 19-8, 240 innings and an ERA CONSISTENTLY around 3.00.  He can eat all the cheeseburgers he wants, the numbers dont lie. The only comparable pitcher is Halladay, and CC has better W/L/INN, Halladay has a better ERA.

Yeah, chump..he is THAT good....he can eat all the fried chicken he wants, no one will complain because he has always been fat, and its never affected his game.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:22 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

"The Biggest Loser: Fenway Edition" coming this fall to NBC....ding, ding, ding

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