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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: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:22 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Wow is it a big crime if your never going to be put in the game as long as it was the starters only. Bet every team does it and that should always stay in the locker room. It is just another way to throw Francona under the bus first this now pain pills. How classless can the the owner and upper management get. Why not look into to the owners past for there is a bigger story there with very young ladies alledegy but public records back it up. After Epstein leaves the cheap shot artists upper management and loser owner will throw him under the bus, just wait and see. Sorry Boston you have just lost one of the best GM's and manager in baseball. i hate the Red Sucks that I forgot to mention so so called die-hart puppet Red Sucks fans start crying for thats what you do best and even Selig, MLB, Fox TV and of course the Umpires help you this year with all the calls that went you way in Sept. 

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:11 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

If your fat and overrated the Yankees want you!

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:09 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Oh, thats the problem, AMATURE!!

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:07 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

It's pretty obvious he is FAT!!! Can't take a joke "D-BAG"

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:02 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I hope the Red Sox made the playoffs in the video game versions of themselves.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:56 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

You guys are pretty slow to the draw on this one I must say, just around the time of the epic collapse it was reported pitchers were drinking on there off days in the clubhouse. Do you guys sleep during that news cycle? This Boston Globe article just confirms it once again. The notion that anyone thinks this is ok is beyond stupid. Drinking beer, eating take out, and playing video games? Instead of watching and supporting your team? Imagine of normal every day folks just decided to drink beer at work and eat fried chicken and play video games you would be on the un-employment line pretty damn quick now wouldn't you. 
You kind of got the Wakefield comment wrong though in your attempt to pick apart the Sox, He said he would come back in 2012, and that fans deserve to see him get the win mark. You can have the opinion he cared more about that then his team, but they kind of go hand in hand obviously, if he wins, the team wins. 

Also, the article talks about Ellsbury's only friend in the clubhouse being Jed Lowrie, you have to give the kids credit for having the type of season he did being on the lonely island he was on if that's indeed true. I suggest you all go read the actual Boston Globe story, not excerpts of it on here. Does CBS produce anything orginal? or just copy n paste and make asumptions? 

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:34 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Nothing to see here, just Red Sox being Red Sox.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:31 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Article title is slightly misleading. It makes it seem like they drank beer in between innings of their own games.

It's somewhat common for pitchers to not stay in the dugout. I remember Clemens didn't even go to the games when he wasn't pitching with the Yankees. But then again, this just shows bad team chemistry, which is something that everyone figured to be true.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:29 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

They're doing it wrong.  You're supposed to do it the night BEFORE a game.  Then you take the mound hung-over and throw a perfect game ala David Wells.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:28 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

thats funny

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