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Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:10 am
 
Terry FranconaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

As an analyst at ESPN, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is in a bit of an awkward spot when asked about his former team -- especially Monday when he was asked about Bobby Valentine's new ban on alcohol in the team's clubhouse.

Appearing on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" show (via ESPN), Francona said he wasn't surprised the new manager nixed postgame beers after last season's late-season collapse that was blamed, in part, to starting pitchers drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games.

"I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it," Francona said on Monday. "It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox [took] such a beating at the end of the year."

He's right, it's mostly a PR move -- but one that probably had to happen. Francona also said he wasn't sure it would curb players drinking.

"I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one," Francona said. "You know, it's kind of the old rule … If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane -- I mean, you serve beer and wine -- somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane. If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum."

Francona, though, stopped short of criticizing Valentine's decision.

"You look back at this, these are guys that earned my implicit trust," Francona said. "You know, guys that we had won World Series with.

"So I probably felt different about it than a new guy coming in. And he certainly has the right to do what he wants, because he is new, and that's why you get different people."

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Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:08 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:32 am
 

Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

There is no drinking in the work place.
Do they let you do i? NO, you get dismissed.
This is silly.
Baseball should ban liquor of all types in the clubhouse and on the property.
That's not true.  We have it at our office as do many offices we do business with.  In fact, when in Montreal (hq for us), our execs have a beer at lunch with us. 

And if there has ever been an office that beer is in order... it would be a clubhouse with my team.  I'm just saying, it's a very acceptable thing when responsible people take part.

banned on the property? lol... you're high on drugs or jesus.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

Valentine: Banning alcohol not a 'PR move'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- What does former Red Sox manager Terry Francona think of successor Bobby Valentine's decision to ban alcohol in Boston's clubhouse for the 2012 season?

"I think it's a PR move," Francona said in an interview with ESPN's "Mike and Mike" on Monday morning. "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it's kind of the old rule ... If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane -- I mean, you serve beer and wine -- somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane. If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum.

"I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it. It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox [took] such a beating at the end of the year."

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- What does former Red Sox manager Terry Francona think of successor Bobby Valentine's decision to ban alcohol in Boston's clubhouse for the 2012 season?

"I think it's a PR move," Francona said in an interview with ESPN's "Mike and Mike" on Monday morning. "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it's kind of the old rule ... If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane -- I mean, you serve beer and wine -- somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane. If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum.

"I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it. It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox [took] such a beating at the end of the year."

 






Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:59 pm
 

I agree that Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

If Boston would have made the playoffs then they would have celebrated by eating chicken and drinking beer so this is not an excuse for failure.  The Boston media created this story to create blame for a bad season.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

Boston made a mistake letting Francona go...  the fact that people think this 'really' came into play last year shock me.  There is not a clubhouse around that does not have a couple drinks sitting in a fridge or on ice.

Hell... we have had a few here that will drink their beer in their locker while talking to press.  It's silly.



Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

Sorry, I approve of the ban; it should have been done long ago; Terry was too lenient and the players knew it, so much for trusting them!  If they disobey the ban and are caught, they should be suspended, and if it happens again they should be fined.  I don't care about what others think, there are plenty of other teams that are banned and it has not done them any harm; players who defy the ban are cheating their team mates who respect it.  Why should a whole team suffer for the actions of a few??  Good for Bobby V.!!Yell



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

The only reason Francona is saying that is because he didn't have the balls or the brains to do it himself.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'

I worked in an office where you could buy Labatt's Blue or a Bud Light right out of the pop vending machine for $1.00. The only stipulation was it had to be 3:30 pm or later or if the owner had one. It lasted about a year and a half until the company lawyers said "absolutly not."



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:28 am
 

Francona says Boston's beer ban 'a PR move'


There is no drinking in the work place.
Do they let you do i? NO, you get dismissed.
This is silly.
Baseball should ban liquor of all types in the clubhouse and on the property.



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