Earlier Wednesday, the Boston Globe broke a lengthy report that painted the Red Sox organization in a pretty bad light, specifically former manager Terry Francona and the players. The part of the story that has gained the most traction is that starting pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester and sometimes Clay Buchholz would drink beer, eat fast-food fried chicken and play video games in the clubhouse during games, instead of sitting in the dugout and supporting teammates.
It turns out, Jack McKeon had an issue with keeping Beckett in the dugout himself. McKeon managed the Florida Marlins in 2003 when they won the World Series and Beckett was his ace. McKeon told the Palm Beach Post about his issue with Beckett and fellow starter Brad Penny.
“In between innings they’d go to the clubhouse to get a drink or hang out,’’ McKeon recalled this afternoon from his home in North Carolina.Even funnier, McKeon eventually made bathroom passes for the players to use during games. So he had to act like a teacher to keep his kids in the dugout to observe the game and cheer on their teammates.
“I said, ‘Hey, I got no rule against going up if you have to go to the bathroom or something, but get back.’ A couple of times I looked down the bench to talk to somebody and they weren’t there. They were in the clubhouse. So I went up and got them out and said, ‘OK, boys that’s it. We’ll lock the door.’”
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