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Valentine bans beer in clubhouse; he's no chicken

Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:39 pm

Ft. Myers, Fla. -- Say this for the new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine: when he gets an 80-mph fastball right down the middle of the plate, he knocks it out of the park. Yes, of course Valentine told Red Sox players h was banning beer on the last leg of charter flights and also in the clubhouse. (He didn't say anything about chicken, but we'll assume that's still OK.)

Of course Valentine had to ban beer. You can't have two straight beer-stained seasons.

Red Sox veteran pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey spoiled the party after it was revealed they sometimes had their beer in the clubhouse while the game was going on (and their 2011 collapse was still going on). Beckett and Lester have admitted they erred in doing so. That's nice, but Valentine can't take the chance they'd do it again.

Valentine banned beer in the Mets clubhouse when he was there, so this isn't only a reaction to last year's shenanigans in Boston. He always worried about things that could happen to ballplayers who drank too much.

Valentine once got ripped by the New York press (me, included) for suggesting Mets star Todd Hundley "needed more sleep,'' which was actually a kind way of saying that he stayed out too late, which is a kind way of saying he should maybe drink a bit less. Hundley was a really nice man, but Valentine was right (yes, I was wrong). Hundley still is a great guy, but everyone around that team knew he should have drank less.

Valentine was lambasted at the time by Hundley's enabling agents, the Levinson brothers, who should have realized Valentine was right and gotten their client to sleep more. The agents should have thanked Valentine for caring about Hundley but instead to this day carry on a behind-the-scenes campaign against Valentine over his kind euphemisms. Not nice.

In this case, no one could argue with Valentine, unless not publicly. Red Sox star David Ortiz told Dan Roche of WBZ-FM, "We're not here to drink. We're here to play baseball. It ain't a bar.''

Anyway, Valentine isn't afraid to do what's unpopular. Asked how his decision was received at today's team meeting, Valentine said, "Do you mean was it a standing ovation or booing.''

He said it somewhere in between. It should have been the standing ovation.


Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:29 pm

Valentine bans beer in clubhouse; he's no chicken

For a bad manager, he sure has a good record richard5. Areall  the Japanese fans all morons for loving him? They worshipped the job that Boby V did there. Your oblivious.

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:11 am

Valentine bans beer in clubhouse; he's no chicken

Hey Valentine it does n't matter you are the worst human being and manager im 59 and i forgot more then you know! they should have banned you from the clubhouse  oh wait you will be by all=-stra break you are a complete moron and loser

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:32 pm

drink it up!

the sox players like to party hard in the clubhouse after games and on their days off--valentine needs to loosen up and let them pound down some beer when they want. 

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:27 pm

Valentine bans beer in clubhouse; he's no chicken

The team possibly doesnt want players flying back from a road trip and getting into their cars and driving away if they have had too much to drink on the plane.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:49 pm

Valentine bans beer in clubhouse; he's no chicken

No drinking during work hours makes a ton of sense.  After hours ban on alcohol on the work premises seems a bit too much to me.  But the Red Sox needed their cages rattled a bit.  This sounds like the start of a program with more accountability and discipline.  As far as no drinking on the charter flights back home after a road trip?  That does not make any sense to me at all.  Nor would it if they were commercial flights either.  I think that goes way too far.  My employer knows that wouldn't stand up to a court challenge.  So most of this plan works for me, but not the ban on drinking while traveling for company business.  Big of David Ortiz to speak out so quickly.  Let's wait and hear what Josh Beckett has to say.

Since: Dec 12, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:46 pm

Valentine bans beer in clubhouse; he's no chicken

He's no journalist.....Just a one team blogger.....A biased one too...

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:59 pm

Valentine bans beer in clubhouse; he's no chicken

"He should have drank less"?? You can get a journalism degree while flunking Grammar 101??

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