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Pierzynski has had beers during games, too

Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:40 pm
By Matt Snyder

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
“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."

"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."
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.

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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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:49 am

Pierzynski has had beers during games, too

Did he do it more in '05 or more this past year? Thats the biggest question here. If you're drinking and winning, drink up. If you're drinking and giving away nine game lead in the last month, that's what needs to change. Pedroia, one of the few Bosox who have maintained integrity over the past month, said it best: he said he was okay with whatever the Sox needed to win, and if they weren't they "need to make some adjustments".

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:50 pm

Pierzynski has had beers during games, too

I remember when the Giants traded for him in exchange for Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano. Mister P was so awful with the Giants. He must have been drunk the entire season he was with the Giants. I dislike Mister P immensely. He never "showed up" and he still got paid. As for being drunk....that's not against baseball if he can function while drunk...more power to him. 

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:38 pm

Pierzynski has had beers during games, too

Just win baby!

so if beer works, then ....

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:01 am

Pierzynski has had beers during games, too

Really? This is newsworthy? We've all heard the stories about players popping a few pills before games back in the 70s and 80s. We've heard about the Red Sox having a lucky shot before taking the field in the World Series. So what? I'm assuming that the beer is available in the clubhouse fridge and that these guys aren't sneeking it in like a couple of football fans hiding a flask under their wool coat. Now THAT would be a really funny news story - if a reporter went up to A.J. on his way into the ballpark and found him wearing a sixpack belted around his waist. But, baseball players having a beer between innings - not much of a story.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:20 pm

Pierzynski has had beers during games, too

How many Polacks does it take to open a beer?


I actually don't know what the punchline would be but I'm pretty sure Boston just found their replacement for Varitek.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:45 pm

Pierzynski has had beers during games, too

Yeah, I can see the beer companies jump on this marketing opportunity that goes like this,"Rally Beer, you can drink it in a pinch, home or away!". Kind of like the "Tastes Great, Less Filling" moniker.

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