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Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:38 pm
By Matt Snyder

The collapse of the 2011 Boston Red Sox has had significant fallout already, as manager Terry Francona is gone and general manager Theo Epstein appears to be on his way out as well.

And, since it's Boston -- just as would be the case in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. -- the local crowd is ready to place blame. Things unraveled on a team that was expected by many to win the World Series, so it's someone's fault. Well, you have Francona and Epstein. Carl Crawford was awful after signing a huge contract. John Lackey was terrible again. But there's more ...

The Boston Globe has given us several scapegoats. Let's try to sum it up -- again, this is all via

• Francona reportedly lost control of the team amidst problems with his health and marriage, though he took exception to the claims.

Red Sox dysfunction
“It makes me angry that people say these things because I’ve busted my [butt] to be the best manager I can be,’’ Francona said ( “I wasn’t terribly successful this year, but I worked harder and spent more time at the ballpark this year than I ever did.’’

On the "health" front, the report painted a picture of Francona's reliance on pain-killers.

• Reportedly the Red Sox players were angry that, in late August, they were forced to play a day-night doubleheader due to Hurricane Irene and complained to management that it cared more about money than winning. After that doubleheader, the Red Sox would not win two straight games again all season.

Tim Wakefield reportedly cared more about getting his 200th win than the team overall doing well. “I think the fans deserve an opportunity to watch me chase that record,’’ Wakefield told Fox Sports.

• Team captain Jason Varitek reportedly stopped exerting leadership in the clubhouse, while only Dustin Pedroia "and a few other players" remained fully committed to winning.

• And now the big one. The starting rotation, specifically Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey and occasionally Clay Buchholz have been accused of regularly drinking beer and eating fast-food fried chicken while playing video games in the clubhouse during games. From the Boston.comarticle:
Drinking beer in the Sox clubhouse is permissible. So is ordering take-out chicken and biscuits. Playing video games on one of the clubhouse’s flat-screen televisions is OK, too. But for the Sox pitching trio to do all three during games, rather than show solidarity with their teammates in the dugout, violated an unwritten rule that players support each other, especially in times of crisis.

Sources said Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, who were joined at times by Buchholz, began the practice late in 2010. The pitchers not only continued the routine this year, sources said, but they joined a number of teammates in cutting back on their exercise regimens despite appeals from the team’s strength and conditioning coach Dave Page.

“It’ s hard for a guy making $80,000 to tell a $15 million pitcher he needs to get off his butt and do some work,’’ one source said.

For Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, the consequences were apparent as their body fat appeared to increase and pitching skills eroded. When the team needed them in September, they posted a combined 2-7 record with a 6.45 earned run average, the Sox losing 11 of their 15 starts.
Needless to say, this isn't going to sit well with Red Sox Nation.

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Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 8:23 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I have been a Red Sox fan for 30 years. I think I know about them more than many, just because I´ve been following them eversince, and I love Baseball very much. The best example is my 14 years
old son, who´s been playing Baseball eversince he was 5. And is a truly Red Sox fan.I taught him the love for the game, for the Sox, and I´m his personal trainer. Now the dissapointment is so big that is very hard to get over it. It´s been so many years, and always a new excuse. We should have won much more than those 2 championships in the last 25 years. The main thing, and I hope somebody listens, is to change policies drastically. Be very strict, have rules that have to be respected. Love the game we (they) are playing. Love the team we(they) are playing for. Please, show respect to those hundreds of thousands Red Sox fans, and show them the whole team is going to fight game after game to WIN.
I wish I had the chance to work with the Red Sox, but in the meantime, please be sure to pick the right persons for the right jobs.
For a few examples , the 3rd. base coach, terrible, how many men have to be thrown out in home to see he´s not the right man for that job?
Until when Wakefield and Varitek, please, with all due respect, enough.?
RF(rightfielder), this is not gambling, get a man suitable for the job.
Relievers, please, not just guys that throw balls to the plate.
And keep the good guys, the ones that are really worth it. Youkilis, Pedroia, Papelbon, Aceves, and the MVP Ellsbury. 
And finally, and again, rules to be enforced for the sake of the game.
Good luck, dear Sox.

Salomon Russo and son.        
;     &nbs

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:21 am

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Sam Adams beer? No wonder they fell apart drinking that dreck, give us a Y, give us a U, give us a C, give us a K, what does it spell...Sam Adams!!! 

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:52 pm
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Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:48 pm

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

So are they gonna change the nickname of the Red Sox next year??  I have a few suggestions.  The Boston BudSox, or the Boston RedWolfSox, or the Boston Breadstix.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:53 am

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Is anyone surprised by these allegations....considering these are spoiled kids playing a game?  These guys are entertainers - you wouldn't trust any of them with $20 of your own money.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:30 am

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

I don't believe that the high salaries are a result of Boston's collapse.  For one, the pitchers listed are still looking to recieve another contract in in the next few years.  This type of behavior is not that uncommon.  The beer drinking during games is not professional, but it is something that isn't terrible on a person's day off.  Lack of leadership is a more likely result of the collapse.  I am just happy that not many posters have used the word "epic," as so many media members have been.  Anybody remember Ricky Henderson and Bobby Bo playing poker in the clubhouse during the playoffs?  Now that is an example of players who have made their money and are at the end of their career.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:23 am

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

What a flimsy excuse. Did you ever think that Maybe if the rest of the team drank beer, ate fast food, took painkillers, played video games in the lockers during games, followed BLL routine they would of made the playoffs. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:07 am

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Beer and chicken didn't beat the Redsox, or the Yankees....lack of pitching beat the Redsox and Yankees.

The dog ate my homework... a poor excuse for passing responsibity for failure onto others. Ultimately, it starts at the top. Theo Epstein recruited players by offering them the opportunity to play for the highest speaks to both the "motivation" of the player, and the GM.

Not to say that high dollar players can't have great work ethic and be willing to put in extra work to win, or that GM's that prioritise overpaying for other team's talent over developing their own can't be successful, but everyone needs to recognize that combination only raises payroll and expectations, not neccessarily chemistry and level of performance. 

The manager has a large role in maintaining level of effort, and in insuring the best opportunities to win are being acted on with the roster he's given, but it's hard for me to buy into blame being placed on a manager with an explosive offense, or a starting pitcher on a scheduled day off drinking beer, when the GM with 2nd highest payroll in MLB, somehow forgot the pitching.    &n

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:51 am

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

If the September collapse didn't happen, this would all be a non-issue.  But, since it was the Red Sox and a disastrous collapse, it is a media frenzy.  Funny thing is, Atlanta had a similar collapse in the NL this season.  But, because it's Atlanta, no one cares and nothing is discussed about them.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:23 am

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games

Comically, the clubhouse practice(s) were conducted in 2004 and 2007 - so, THIS could not have been the problem.   And, one really cannot blame Tito or Theo because when was the last time either of them threw a fastball / curve / slider / knuckler or HIT a curveball, fastball, ...

It was the players who simply did not play.

Well, that is !!!

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