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Guessing the preferred drinks of big league managers

Jun 24, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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It’s tough to say for sure from just looking at a cellphone picture, but I’m going to guess that Jim Riggleman was downing Jack and Cokes while “solving the world’s problems” with “some beautiful young ladies” last night.

He seems like a Jack and Coke kind of guy, although probably Diet Coke because he has to keep The Gun Show open at age 58.

All of which got me thinking about the preferred drinks of other managers. For instance, I’d peg Twins manager Ron Gardenhire as a Budweiser guy.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I’m mostly a beer or vodka guy, with “whatever else there is” coming in a close third. And we know Calcaterra is hooked up to a bourbon drip 24-7.)

I asked for suggestions on Twitter and they’ve been rolling in by the dozens with the hashtag #ManagerDrinks, so here are some of my favorites so far …

Jack McKeon: Metamucil, Prune Juice

Joe Maddon: Wine (for the sophistication), Pabst Blue Ribbon (for the hipster-ness)

Charlie Manuel: Chocolate Milk

Ozzie Guillen: Tequila, Four Locko, Wine (because he’s a romantic)

Bob Melvin: Whatever Billy Beane is having

Kirk Gibson: Whiskey and Tabasco Sauce

Bud Black: White Russian

Jim Leyland: Old Fashioned

Terry Collins: Tom Collins

Tony La Russa: Something with an umbrella

Don Mattingly: Jeremiah Weed

Joe Girardi: Apple Juice

Terry Francona: Hot Toddy

Clint Hurdle: Arnold Palmer

Ned Yost: Box of Wine

I’m fairly certain we could entertainment ourselves with this for the afternoon and it’s Friday, so why not …

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    “Bob Melvin-whatever Billy Beane is having.”

    “And put it on my tab” says Bob.

  2. hangingsliders - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Bruce Bochy — Slooooow Gin Fizz

    • Glenn - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM

      I think Bochy goes with a draft beer with a really big head.

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Not sure about the Jeremiah, but if Don Mattingly doesn’t have a case for medical weed, then he’s not going to the right doctors.

    • brockw82 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      ummm….its a drink, not marijuana

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        Unless you fuse Mary with the alcohol. (the green dragon)

  4. bklynbaseball - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Aaron, you’ve obviously never been to the Winter Meetings.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    LOL!! Charlie is such a chocolate milk drinker too….

    BTW Ozzie G. = green Jello shots

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    For the sake of the MN economy and homers in the state Gardy better be drinking Grain Belt! Or at least Summit.

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Ron Washington: Liquid Cocaine.

    I know, I know…but its a joke!

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      Too soon!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Red Balls, Cocaine in a can baby!

      -Tyrone Biggums

    • Richard In Big D - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Used to be hurricanes, till one wecked his Caddy…

  8. aceshigh11 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM


    Joe Maddon agrees with Frank Booth.

  9. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Mike Quade has the kind of spicy tequila that will knock your eyebrows off!

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      I was thinking Quade likes pure absinthe to numb the pain…

  10. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    By the way…I take Jack McKeon for an everclear guy. He may be old, but you don’t live 80 years with a baseball career to end up like a nancy!

  11. twd1165 - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Charlie Manuel: Chocolate Milk?

    C’mon…he’s more of a Pabst (to relax with a beer), moonshine (to get rocked) or Lynchburg Lemonade (for family picnics)

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      See my posted link below. You might be onto something.

  12. Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Can you effing believe it?

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      SOLD OUT!

  13. coachbrew - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Next post should be for preferred drinks of big league players.

  14. Glenn - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Terry Francona drinks something with catnip in it.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Whoa, good call!

      Never noticed his resemblance to Blofeld…that’s EERIE.

  15. cur68 - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    John Farrell; Big ole cup o’ despair (that’s what I’m having too).

    Not a manger but worth knowing that (when he was alive, compos mentis, and could do water the eff he wanted) George Stienbrennar; A Pint of the Steaming Hot Blood of His Enemies.

  16. cerveceros82 - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Ron Roenicke- A virgin Harvey Wallbanger

  17. umrguy42 - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Aww, c’mon, no love for my comments that LaRussa likes mixed drinks, but always orders a pitcher second to last? 😉

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