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Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:02 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 8:54 pm

By Evan Brunell

A report from WHDH-7 TV's Joe Amorosino in Boston has Red Sox pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drinking beer during games. That's nothing that hasn't been reported yet, except this report has the beer-drinking occurring in the dugout.

During games in which the three were not pitching, the trio would go to the clubhouse as early as the sixth inning and fill cups with Bud Light beer and drink it on the dugout as games ended.

“Beckett would come down the stairs from the dugout, walking through the corridor to the clubhouse and say ‘it’s about that time’," an employee of the team said. "Beckett was the instigator but Lester and Lackey were right behind him. It was blatant and hard not to notice what was going on with all three guys leaving at once.”

Whether the team was winning or losing was irrelevant to the beer-drinking, and increased as 2011 wore on. Another employee said it was a cause of boredom on the nights all three weren't pitching and "is how they entertained themselves.”

It's difficult to tell whether or not this report is true. If so, it would point to reports that the three were essentially a clique and couldn't be bothered to care about other players on the team on days one of the three wasn't pitching. This much is true: whatever happened, it wasn't acceptable. What if one of them had to be pressed into duty in extra-innings, for example? What about supporting your team and being invested in the game?

Update: Jon Lester, who admitted to drinking beer in the clubhouse, called the reports of drinking in the dugout "completely false," according to ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

Read more about the Red Sox's saga with drinking beer during games.

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Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:15 am

Drinking Not the Problem

I love the Red Sox. I am so disappointed that they didn't get to the playoffs. There was something horribly wrong in September that was way more involved than drinking beer. The best team in baseball fell apart at the end. This is exactly what happened to the Lakers this year too. The Red Sox did the right thing in getting rid of the manager who lost control of the team. They have 4 months to fix the problems and be ready for next year. I am pretty sure Red Sox managment is working on it. The beer problem is a symptom and not the problem itself. If drinking beer during a game when you are not going to pitch is against team rules, then fine the players and move on. If it is not, make new rules....

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:16 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

What a great game! You can drink beer and chew in the workplace.  Of course now the Feds want to stop the chew and will surely push to end beer in the vicinity of the dugout too.  I know Oakland banned beer in the postgame spread. Lucky for me it was allowed to the press at the time I visited the stadium on a press pass.  The clubhouse guy/employee might want to keep his mouth shut about the internal foibles of his charges lest he be out of work.  They should cut him loose due to his loose lips. 

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:47 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

I've played in softball games like this

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:57 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

Lackey has pitched the last two years as if he was drunk every start.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:47 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

Wow. This is a new one that AA can post on their website.  "You may have a drinking problem if you're being paid millions of dollars a year to play a little boy's game, but you need alcohol to get through 9 innings."

This is completely unacceptable. I've played in several co-ed and mens-only softball leagues. Drinking DURING games? No. That's saved until after. Wow. Such bad form it's unbelievable.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:43 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

Really?  They had a couple of beers during the games?  Really?  Who gives a shit.  As long as they're not getting shit-faced who cares if they can responsibly drink a beer or two like your average grown adult male fan...what were they thinking!?  GOSH!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:35 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

OMG...did they use tobacco and curse, too ?

There hasn't been this much denial in Massachussets since Teddy drove off the bridge. 
The Redsox brass spent the 2nd most in MLB , AND SOMEHOW, STILL FORGOT THE PITCHING. So did the Yankees, who always win the World Series of Overpaying...THAT"S WHY THEY LOST.  It wasn't Budweiser..or Francona...or the curse...or the Yankees...or Bud Selig...or Bush or Hank Williams Jr...It was the guy that's trying to flee Boston with a raise and an excuse...Theo Epstein. If Bernie Madhoff was as slick as Epstein, he'd still be selling ponzi schemes and Wall Street would be in jail. 

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:32 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer in dugout

I don't blame 'em.  Try sitting there and watching 130+ regular season MLB games without having a beer or two.  These guys play in around 30 per year.  I couldn't care less about whether or not they're even in the dugout during the other games and I'm saying that in regards to any starting pitcher.  Heck, they shouldn't even worry about putting it in a cup...just roll the keg into the dugout and set it on the end of the bench.  When a player gets subbed out for whatever reason, he can partake too.  It's baseball...not brain surgery, and there is no chance of these guys playing in those games anyway.

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