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Red Sox pitchers, Francona speak on beer-drinking

Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:39 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

The Red Sox have issued a statement, attempting to put the beer-drinking controversy to bed. The team is specifically refuting a claim that there was drinking in the dugout that was released Tuesday morning. Terry Francona is part of the statement, asking the team to release one for him, along with pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, and president Larry Lucchino. The statement reads:
LesterJON LESTER (pictured, right): “The accusation that we were drinking in the dugout during games is completely false.  Anonymous sources are continuing to provide exaggerated and, in this case, inaccurate information to the media.  
 
BeckettJOSH BECKETT (pictured, left): “I cannot let this allegation go without response; enough is enough.  I admit that I made mistakes along the way this season, but this has gone too far.  To say that we drank in the dugout during the game is not true.”
 
JOHN LACKEY: “There are things that went on this season that shouldn’t have happened, but this latest rumor is not true, and I felt that it was important to try to stop this from going any further.”
 
TERRY FRANCONA: “In 32 years of professional baseball, I have never seen someone drinking beer in the dugout.”
 
PRESIDENT/CEO LARRY LUCCHINO ON BEHALF OF THE BOSTON RED SOX: “Tonight our organization has heard directly from Jon, Josh, John, and former manager Terry Francona.  Each has assured us that the allegation that surfaced today about drinking in the dugout during games in 2011 is false, and we accept their statements as honest and factual.
 
“As we continue our internal examination to fully understand what went wrong in September, 2011, we appreciate these strong and clear statements from our players.
 
“It is time to look forward and move forward, rather than allow a reckless, unsubstantiated accusation from ‘anonymous sources’ to mislead the public.”
This should effectively confirm that all these Red Sox pitchers did, in fact, drink beer during games in which they did not pitch. Lester had previously admitted to drinking beer during games.

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ALCHYSOX
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:43 pm
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ALCHYSOX
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Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:36 am
 

Red Sox pitchers, Francona speak on beer-drinking

some1 needs to remind these clowns that this isnt the local beer-drinking softball team...this is the MLB! u should be in the dug-out helping the other pitchers who ARE playing and maybe giving advise like throw this guy the cut-fastball, or this guy cant hit the curve or simply cheer your teamates on! instead they in the locker room playing video games? seriously? no wonder boston didnt make the playoff....the coach and the front office lost all control. how can u have any chemistry when this is going on. im sure there was more than 1 player who resented these actions. i can just picture 1 of these guys trying this on tony larussa...they would be shipped off to a different team like toronto faster than u can say fried chicken! if u dont believe this, then go ask kolby rathmis!



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:28 am
 

Red Sox pitchers, Francona speak on beer-drinking

Well if the three headed keg crusher Lester/Beckett/Lackey says they didn`t drink in the dogout it must be true right?  Hysterical!
Nice try Larry trying to proper presser it up.  The bar door is open and all hell has broken loose.  Why not have your GM address this stuff? Oh that`s right he`s in Chicago assembling his brain trust.  Keep up the comedy tour Red Sawx!!!



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:50 am
 

Red Sox pitchers, Francona speak on beer-drinking

There is no Major League rule prohibiting beer during games.  It used to be common for players to take their bottle with them to their position.


ALCHYSOX
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:23 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Red Sox pitchers, Francona speak on beer-drinking

oops!   can't spell

veterinarian



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Red Sox pitchers, Francona speak on beer-drinking

Hey ...all you JACKWAGONS   ...stick to the facts ...  Not your personal agenda!!!
IS everybody a TROLL ..  just looking to pull someones chain???

OK ... time to get another beer ...  I hope the media is not watching  :-)

Craig


BTW ... 

The RED SOX just hired a new manager

Dr. Heimlich

No ... not the famous one  ..

This one's a veternarian ....

He just handles  ...  

choking DOGS   ...



and I AM a DIE HARD RED SOX FAN   :-)



ALCHYSOX
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Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:31 pm
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