OK, maybe we need to start going with Beergate or something, to make it easier to reference. But the revelation earlier Wednesday that several Red Sox pitchers drank beer in the clubhouse during games has spawned several side stories, including that White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski believes sometimes you just need a beer. He said as much on the "Dan Patrick Show" Wednesday, when asked if he'd ever had beer during games (via ChicagoTribune.com):
“Yes, absolutely I have before,” Pierzynski said. ”Sometimes you’re just really struggling and you just say, ‘Hey, you know what, I need something to calm me down and let’s have a beer.’ A couple of us will do it together, and sometimes it works out."No word on whether or not the beer is what makes Pierzynski just so darn mean -- remember, he was voted the "meanest" player in baseball -- but it's a bit surprising to hear about someone drinking while still playing. I wasn't near as taken aback by the Red Sox pitchers drinking on days when they aren't pitching as I was with the fact that they didn't seem to want to support teammates or keep up with a training regimen, but the Pierzynski comments would bother me a bit if I were a White Sox executive.
"It's just, sometimes you just need a rally beer. If you’re in extra innings and you’re in about the 15th inning and you really need to get going again, that sometimes works for you."
Then again, they did win the World Series in 2005, like the Red Sox did in 2004 and 2007. Maybe the Cubs need to get some beer down to the clubhouse.
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