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Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:16 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 4:53 pm
 
Bobby Valentine

By C. Trent Rosecrans


There'll be no beer in the Red Sox clubhouse this season, but fried chicken is presumably safe.

New manager Bobby Valentine told reporters on Saturday that he told the team alcohol would not be permitted in the clubhouse.

"The rules are not to embarrass themselves or the team, the community, their teammates," Valentine said (via WEEI.com). "I don't think that's a new rule. That's a longstanding rule of life. There's no beer in the clubhouse or on the last leg of road trips."

Valentine said he didn't allow alcohol in the clubhouse when he managed the Mets.

Boston's September collapse was symbolized by starting pitchers drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz said he supported Valentine's new policy.

"We're not here to drink. We're here to play baseball," David Ortiz said (via the Boston Herald). "It ain't no bar."

Valentine noted 19 other teams don't allow alcohol in the clubhouse, including the Mets, Yankees and Cardinals. St. Louis banned alcohol in the clubhouse after the 2007 death of pitcher Josh Hancock.

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Comments

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:17 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

Its not just a way to keep beer out of players hands. They will always have all the pints they ever could wish for, but I think this is Valentine telling his team to stay together as a team during games and not go hide in the clubhouse during the friggin game. Stay with your team. Is that so hard? I will go on record as saying I drink more beer than probably 98 % of the posters here but I never would have gone to the clubhouse during my "bush league beer league  years of slopitch and started pounding them back while my mates were out on the field. Call me old school i guess. As for you guys talking about the Yankee partiers of decades past? well thats how every team seemed to operate back then. With internet and cameras 24/7 nowadays you just can't get away with it anymore



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

I don't think this is going to work. Seems a little to much like a nanny, not saying they couldn't tighten up the act. It is just not them.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:01 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

dacey, Amen to that. It's largely why teams brought beer INTO the clubhouse back in the day. Those reasons are even more compelling now. Every player who wets his whistle a bit before heading out is one who may not stop en route home. Which means that he will not expose himself to prying eyes, video immortality, golddigging hussies, and yahoos who are on the prod. But it's nice to know that they'll just count on their players' teatotalling dispositions. :)

Maybe they should just draft observant Mormons.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

I don't get all the hoopla reaction to this.  Shouldn't we all just have a reaction of BFD?  This is a window dressing move that we all should have seen coming and HAD to be made - for PR sake and nothing more.
I can't believe it. There is actually someone else here who is reasonable and sees obligatory PR moves for what they are.



Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

I don't get all the hoopla reaction to this.  Shouldn't we all just have a reaction of BFD?  This is a window dressing move that we all should have seen coming and HAD to be made - for PR sake and nothing more.  If the guys want their beers they'll just rehydrate w/ some H2O, get dressed a little quicker after the game and find a brew or two elsewhere.

In the end, who cares about this vs. the W-L column?  Like an earlier post alluded to - The Mantle-Martin (Bauer-Skowron-Ford) Yankees won their share and we all know none of those guys were choir boys.

Sometimes I wisk we could issue a moratorium on the "political correctness" the players must adopt out of fear of the yellow press that passes as journalism these days, and just let them be baseball players for Chrissakes!!



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

I am an Angel fan, and have been so since the inception of the team...As a So Cal sports fan I have no love for the Boston teams,  I gotta say I'm a little worried about the Sox now that Valentine is at the helm.  With his discipline and experience, I can see the Red Sox winning it all this year. The Angel's and Pujols will battle the Sox for the American League pennant next fall.
Guess, you havn't heard the Tigers will be in the AL pennat game, that excludes either the Halos or Red Sox.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:01 pm
 

Much ado about nothing

I wonder how the Yankees ever won all of those World Championships during the Mantle/Martin era without a ban on alcohol? When it comes right down to it, a starter who isn't playing that day has nothing better to do than drink a few beers.  It's not like they are going to call him to relieve somebody.  
 
The Red Sox choked last year.  All of the alcohol bans in the world won't change it.  And Bobby Valentine can brag about cleaning up the locker room all he wants, but it won't make a bit of difference.  If the Sox do win anything this year, it won't be because Bobby Valentine banned alcohol in the clubhouse.

While their pathetic bandwagon fans are scapegoating someone for last year's choke job, how about looking at the hitting?  Maybe the hitters should have had some beer and chicken, too.



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

Good deal it's about time . Bobby Valentine will bring back order in the clubhouse . and other teams & managers  should follow this. Ron Washington do you get the hint!!!!!




Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

You don't drink on company grounds. And you shouldn't request drug tests from MLB players if you supply beer in the clubhouse.  Players should do their jobs and go back to their hotels.  If they want to party with their pals and girlfriends, they don't need someone to monitor them.  Do it offsite.  I'm sure there are other players other than Hamilton struggling with addiction who don't need to be around the booze after every game all season long.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Red Sox ban alcohol in the clubhouse

The red Sox better bring back "captain" jason Varitek. He was such a great leader and keeping his team "loose' during the pennant race last September. What will the Sox do without Beer? they might actually have to stay in the dugout during games and cheer their team on.. Oh the Humanity>>>Tongue out


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