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Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: October 18, 2011 7:07 am
 
Lester

By Evan Brunell


One of the Red Sox players accused of drinking beer in the clubhouse has come out and admitted such.

"It was the wrong thing to do," Jon Lester told the Boston Globe, saying he was one of the players to drink beer in the clubhouse this season -- but never on a day he pitched, and far less often than has been suggested.

"It was a ninth-inning rally beer," he said, shades of A.J. Pierzynski's own explanation for drinking while on the job with the White Sox. "We probably ordered chicken from Popeye's like once a month. That happened. But that's not the reason we lost."

"Most of the times, it was one beer, a beer," Lester added. "It was like having a Coke in terms of how it affected you. I know how it looks to people and it probably looks bad. But we weren't up there just drinking and eating and nobody played video games. We watched the game."

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Lester says the reason the Red Sox lost was because "we just played bad baseball as a team in September. We stunk. To be honest, we were doing the same things all season when we had the best record in baseball."

However, by the same token, the lefty also admits that the occurrence was a bad habit and he should have been on the bench more. How can he say, then, that drinking beer and secluding himself in the clubhouse had no impact on the club's fortunes? It's a pretty vague statement to make, but isn't it possible the loss of solidarity and gelling of the team -- which outgoing manager Terry Francona cited as a problem -- contributed to September's downfall?

"Are there things I regret? Sure there are," he added. "But nothing happened that had me unprepared to pitch. I don't blame people for wanting answers because we had a hell of a team and we lost. You can't have a team that gets paid like we get paid and loses and not expect people to want answers."

Speaking of Francona, Lester admitted that it was time for a change.

"I love Tito and he did a great job for us when he was here. On a personal level I was more than grateful for what he did for me and my family," he said. "But there comes a time when your authority is no longer there. You kind of run your course. People who knew how Tito was and we pushed the envelope with it. We never had rules, we never had that iron-fist mentality. If you screwed up, he called you on it. That was how it worked.

"I never say guys [were] purposely breaking rules or doing the wrong thing in front of him and rubbing it in his face. But this particular team probably needed more structure."

Lester didn't feel comfortable speaking for the others accused in the fiasco, such as Josh Beckett and Jon Lackey and others, but felt he had to speak out in light of all the stories.

"We're not bad people and we're not a bad group of guys," he said.

Lester spoke at length with the Globe, also touching on the issue of player conditioning and the accusation that players allowed themselves to get out of shape.

"It's probably because of how we eat," he said of why pitchers gain weight as the season progresses. "We have some crazy hours with the travel and you get in at 4 a.m. and you get room service or something quick. But unless your body fat is going up 10 percent or something like that, you don't have a problem.

"I've heard what people are saying in Boston. I can tell you that guys were in the weight room. Guys were doing their shoulder [exercises] and guys were prepared to pitch. If we win a few more games in September and make the playoffs, none of this comes out. But we didn't and that's on us as a team and on me personally. I take a lot of the blame for this, a lot."

As part of the solution, Lester thinks high-character players are needed, citing Alex Cora, Eric Hinske and Sean Casey as previous influencers.

"We need that good veteran presence," he said. "If you have somebody like that, it makes everybody better. Everybody is accountable and we have plenty of people to look up to. That's not the problem. But we have a lot of guys who are kind of middle-aged in terms of their careers. Sometimes you need veteran guys who know their roles and can reach out to everybody."

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Comments

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

iif they would have done good in septemmber no one would have even cared!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

These are grown ass men, who cares? why is this even a story? Didnt babe ruth used to drink beer and eat hotdogs in the dugout during games also? if they wanna have a beer, have a beer. (all players over 21 of course)




Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

Scumbag team here. Keep drinking next year please



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

Beers after the game should not only be allowed, but I feel it should be PROMOTED. Beers during the game, though? That I am AGAINST. Quite frankly the way the Red Sox imploded is indicitive of the mentality mid-game beers produce. These guys are definitive douchebags; Lester, Lackey and Beckett. F all three of them.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

I am not sure which is worse...a team throwing it away, as it appears that the Red Sox did, or a team choking, like my Phillies did.  At least the Phillies can say that they gave it their all.  Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley were ALWAYS on the team bench when they were not pitching.  What Lester and Beckett and Lackey did is a joke....and to excuse it as "rally beers" is incredibly stupid.  How about being on the bench to support your TEAM.  You win as a team, you lose as a team, whether you are on the field or on the bench.  You should be there with the team...even if it does not affect the outcome, it does show that you support them and when times are tough you don't look like the arse that you are.




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

Ahhh...who cares?  These are ball players not doctors, not teachers....if you are complaining because you are hurt because they are your role model....grow up, you should be looking at construction workers, bankers, teachers, doctors, etc as role models....if you are complaining because you want to burn their jersey and think they are pissing on all of us supposed blue collar workers...get a shrink, you are a few cards from a full deck.  These are men in their 20's and 30's that have been pampered their entire MLB career, they get anything they want and do anything they want.  Let them be.  If you are upset don't watch, don;t go to the games.  Otherwise RELAX its just Baseball!  More important things in the world to worry about.
Hafdolla23........spoken like a true Cubs fan....lol. 



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

Ahhh...who cares?  These are ball players not doctors, not teachers....if you are complaining because you are hurt because they are your role model....grow up, you should be looking at construction workers, bankers, teachers, doctors, etc as role models....if you are complaining because you want to burn their jersey and think they are pissing on all of us supposed blue collar workers...get a shrink, you are a few cards from a full deck.  These are men in their 20's and 30's that have been pampered their entire MLB career, they get anything they want and do anything they want.  Let them be.  If you are upset don't watch, don;t go to the games.  Otherwise RELAX its just Baseball!  More important things in the world to worry about.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Thrown Under The Bus

C'mon John Lester. You plunk batters to show your intensity, blah, blah, blah.

"Tito" treats you like a man, but you want to be disciplined - what?

Props to you for saying you messed up period. Leave Francona out of it! 



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

Relax...drink a beer..reflect,have another beer...move to Tampa Bay..go to Mons Venus and have a beer and a spank!!



Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Jon Lester speaks on Red Sox accusations

Getting rid of the cancer that is Lackey would be a great start to a fix. Hopefully also on the way out without letting the door hit them in the ass should be Varitek, the captain in name only, the malingering Drew, aged entitled Wakefield, and lazy Ortiz if he really wants out. A butt kicken manager the likes of a Walter Alston would be ideal.


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