jimmythegreek Posts:10488 Followers:376
On 10/12/2011 02:25 PM in MLB

THE REAL REASON BOSTON FELL SHORT OF THE POSTSEASON

Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games


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 Boston.com:

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

“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 (Boston.com). “I wasn’t terribly successful this year, but I worked harder and spent more time at the ballpark this year than I ever did.’’

• 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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enzymex Posts:1732 Followers:59
10/12/2011 02:58 PM

Wow. Very hard to say how accurate the article really is, but interesting read nonetheless.

dexter Posts:223 Followers:0
10/12/2011 03:35 PM

Living near the area I've heard it all. I don't put it past them either. When we won the World Series in '04, a bunch of the guys were taking shots of whiskey right in the dugout. This year has been a shit show though. They deserved to lose. I hate that we lost Tito though. He will definitely be missed as a great manager and person. It really did come down to only a few guys on the team that actually wanted to win. With that being said I hope they figure out who the real person(s) are to blame.

Because next year if we still disappoint as we did this year, then it wasn't management, it was on the players.

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jimmythegreek Posts:10488 Followers:376
10/12/2011 03:39 PM

I am with dexter. It's one thing after you win the World Series title do go crazy and do wild shit what you want, but when you're 80-41 looking like you're about to run away with the division at one point only to fail making it to the postseason, you can't help but speculate the truth. Either way I think the fans will expect nothing less next year considering the level of underachievement fell way short of expectations.

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dexter Posts:223 Followers:0
10/12/2011 03:45 PM

It is unbelievably embarrassing to be a fan of this team right now. But I am loyal and will stick by them.

The greatest collapse in major league history. Ughhhh. SMH =/

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deadphish Posts:736 Followers:3
10/14/2011 03:16 AM

<<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.>>>

"during games"? if so, thats so sad. how can you be a team player and not follow the game on your off days?