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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 17, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

They won a world series doing shots of Jagermeister.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:07 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.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

"Second-rate playoff series"????   Why would anyone expect a less stuck up comment from a Sox fan. That's why everyone else hates you punks.


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Since: May 31, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

For a 50-year Red Sox fan this is not fathomable.  The lack of leadership by the managment team is unacceptable.  Not supporting your team mates or being focused on a silly 200 game target is pretty self centered.  With regard to the day-night double header in late August that was my annual visit to the Fen as I live in central PA.  While it bothered the players how do they think my group who could only watch the game until the seventh, got soaked, but still appreciated the opportunity to visit the park - and watch our team.  Also, what did they think was going to happen to a game with Oakland when Oakland did not plan to revisit the east coast for the rest of the season.  I drove home through Irene the next day - barely made it.  The team should have been thrilled to win the double header.  Instead they tanked the season - and we are left watching a second rate playoff series. 




Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Must have got that idea from Slobathia!!



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