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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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Comments

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

ALL OF THIS falls directly on "Too Late" Tito Francoma  .... when a manager loses control, it's a domino effect and all the pieces fall apart.  To put this into perspective .. imagine if you tried to lounge around, eating fried chicken and playing video games DURING WORK HOURS in your office and your boss simply did nothing about it.  One guy sees you and says, well if he can do it so can I .. and so on and so on and so on.   THE BOSS is the one that supposed to run the ship ... and when the inmates are running the asilem, then you know it's time for a new skipper.  Flunkona is a joke ... he's the most overrated manager in MLB history and was lucky to have veterans that carried him during the two World Series wins that were won despite him.   Theo is no better .. his acquisitions have been questionable.  Crawford should improve, but that contract was ridiculous.  Lackey has always sucked at Fenway .. don't know what he was thinking signing him.  Cameron was a bust ... Scutaro was a one-hit wonder, Nancy Drew's contract was insane .. paying $8 mill to see Schilling sit the entire year his last year was a waste.  Trading Masterson for a one year rental player in V-Mart was as dumb as it gets.  It's a good thing he got A-Gon ... maybe his only saving grace lately.   Other than that Theo has been a waste of space, consistently being out-dueled by the Yankees.  He's waaaay over-rated and won't be much of a loss either.  The Sox do need an over-haul and an attitude ajustment.   Most of the older players must go and whoever the new manager is, he better run a tighter ship than Flunkona.  



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Ha



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Well you were right on until you said you were forced to watch a second rate playoff series. Where the hell do you get off with that..? The Tigers and the Rangers are both better teams overall than the Red Sox and Yankees. I assume it's second rate because it's not your same old typical Red Sox vs Yankees series. News flash the best teams in the AL are left and the others are home! Never really minded Red Sox nation all that much until this one lonely post by you. Now I do. Go drink some bear with the rest of the loser Red Sox that are at home
I wouldn't say the Rangers are better than the Yankees as the Yankees owned the season series, but neither will I knock any team for making it this far in the playoffs.  3/5 is a bad representation in baseball as we all know, but I can't begrudge the winner of such a series anything.



Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

When there is a meltdown like this the reverse investigation begins! What will we hear next about the Braves Clubhouse? Rediculous!



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I'm withholding my opinion until I am told what type of beer they were drinking.



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

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Probably did not pay $6 for a cup though.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Very humorous. This Bud's for you BoSox!



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

what a joke!.. no wonder these guys look all messy and bearded up.. geez.



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Assuming this stuff is true, and unfortunately with the way they played it is very believable, then I think the Sox need to be making a lot of trades this winter.  Obviously the new GM and manager are going to have to be put on notice that this will not be tolerated. 

No wonder why Francona and Epstein wanted out.  As for Epstein, he could have at least cleaned up the mess before he left.  Now, he'll have questions hanging over his head.  The high priced contract for Crawford comes immediately to mind.  If one were cynical, they could say that Epstein decided to thow a temper tantrum before leaving and make sure the Red Sox would not be a viable competitor to his new White Sox, if one were cynical. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Seriously? This is what those guys were doing in the clubhouse? If I was drinking beer and playing video games during work my ass would be canned. Why should these guys get it any better? Their jobs are to stay in game shape and play baseball. Do video games on your own time. No wonder Tito wanted out. The rules need to change - NO BEER, NO VIDEO GAMES, NO TAKEOUT during games. Work out or watch the game from the dugout. That clubhouse needs a culture change and if the players don't like it - go pound sand. Act like a grown-up from crying out loud. Fans and sponsors aren't paying you to become fatasses and not try. No wonder Varitek shut it down - his guys weren't listening anyway.

I'd be more angry with Wakefield if the other pitching options weren't sucking so badly. Of course, I'm not a big Wakefield fan anyway. One-trick pony with an unreliable trick. Retirement should suit him.

And really? Oh goodness - a day-night double-header? The horrors! Imagine having to work 12-hour shifts, boys.

That team needs a culture change, NOW. Bring in leaders who aren't afraid to kick a little whiney ass now and then.


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