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Great moments in media synergy: Red Sox fat photos

Oct 13, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

The Boston Globe certainly made the biggest news yesterday with all of that chicken and beer stuff — it was ludicrous, really — so it’s no surprise that they’re gonna stay on that story until its greasy, tasty end.

To that end: a photo slide show in which you can compare spring training pics of the Boston’s Fried Chicken Posse to pics of them taken in October.  Are they fatter? Happier? You decide!

My takeaway: fat or not, the Red Sox pitchers may be the ugliest in baseball. Just throwin’ that out there. We can make lists and have voting on it this winter if you’d like, but they’re my early favorites. Really, Wakefield is the best looking one in the bunch and he’s 45. He’s like Danny Ainge on those 80s Celtics teams.

And while you’re deciding, imagine how this would all be spun if the Sox had won the wild card and made some noise in the playoffs. I’m guessing there’d be some happy in-depth story about how chicken power and male bonding was the key to the team’s success.  In fact, I’m going to simply pretend that they lose five more games in 2011 if it wasn’t for the chicken and beer and treat this as a positive anyway.

  1. woodsmeister - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    OK, Sawx fans itching to start a sports blog. You have your name: Fried Chicken Posse. friedchickenposse.com is still available.

    What are you waiting for? Go!

    • hansob - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      I’d go with Sons of Colonel Sanders.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    I like the first picture- “Doin’ the Red Sox Rag”.

  3. aceshigh11 - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Good lord, they ARE ugly.

    Beckett and Wakefield certainly look like they blimped it up…not so much Lackey and Lester.

    The biggest (no pun intended) issue is that they all sucked when it came crunch time. That’s the really unforgivable part.

  4. Jonny 5 - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    I swear Lackey was created by Don Martin and brought to life. Somehow it has to be. I mean LOOK at him!!!

  5. cleverbob - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Not a looker in the bunch.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      And, unlike CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon, they’re fat.

  6. Jonny 5 - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Varitek might have just been rubbing the chicken on his face. Where did the wrinkles go??? Fried chicken and beer get rid of wrinkles?? Whoda thunk it?

    • hasbeen5 - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      Surely the Captain didn’t partake in such shenanigans.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    But they all have the personalities like “King of the Hill” rejects, so they have that going for them…I swear Bucholz’s mother must also be his cousin.

  8. Joe - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Wakefield is the best looking one in the bunch and he’s 45.

    Hey now, there’s no reason why a guy can’t remain handsome until he’s 45. Or 46, for that matter.

  9. aaronmoreno - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Someone snuck in a Randy Couture photo for Varitek.

  10. bosfaninva - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    You’ve clearly spent a good bit of time comparing the relative attractiveness of major league pitching staffs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it certainly indicates a fondness for the high hard one.

  11. shawnuel - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Wow……..Boston media is really THAT desperate right now? With photo angles and such you can make anybody look bigger in one instance. Lester is the only one who looks considerably jowlier. And Beckett, while not a candidate for male modeldom, is certainly not particularly ugly. Lackey, on the other hand………

  12. ThisIsBaseball - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    I rarely would stick up for the Red Sox (as a life long Yankee fan), but part of me feels like this is an incredible cheap shot. I get the Boston’ media desire to stab at the Red Sox to death for their completely unbelievable collapse. I would be pissed, too, if the Yankees did the same thing. And yes, some of the players look like they did gain weight (Beckett and Lester most notably), but good God, just look at CC this season. I love the guy, but he regained all the weight he lost during the off-season. Other than from other NYY fans, I don’t hear much chatter about his weight in the media. I get it, he performed when we needed him (for the most part) and rain isn’t his fault. But still… I think part of the weight gain is the nature of the life of a baseball player… tons of take-out and eating out regardless of where it comes from.

  13. pellypell - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Papi really let himself go this year, exhibit 1:

    http://content6.flixster.com/photo/11/60/90/11609096_tml.jpg

  14. APBA Guy - Oct 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    One of the biggest topics of discussion in MLB front offices right now is conditioning philosophy. Bill Beane is advocating a “return to the ’70′s” in the sense of leaner, better conditioned ballplayers. Further, he’s seeing the season as more of an endurance event, rather than a series of sprints, and is gradually moving the A’s to an EPL like conditioning program of more and more distance running (at very low speeds) and less weight work.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      Whatever they do, don’t follow Arsenal’s conditioning program….unless they want a rash of nagging muscle injuries and impossible to heal ankle problems.

  15. firedude7160 - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Anyone else notice that Lester looks like he has downs syndrome? Couldn’t they have picked a better picture? http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/2011/skinny_on_conditioning?pg=4

    As for the question of them looking “fatter” later in the season, it’s hard to say. The spring training pictures are posed so they make the player look their best. The late season pictures are action shots that don’t provide the same posing. So you can’t really compare the two

    • cpinct - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      I agree with you except for Lester’s photo. That’s not DS. That’s fried chicken eating, beer drinking, gained 20 points of fat syndrome. I can’t stand Lester anyway, so I think it is great that he was one of their biggest chokers down the stretch.

  16. cur68 - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    They look the same. Start to finish in terms of fatness. One or 2 look a bit leaner, in fact. Other than that, not much changed; a bunch of ugly guys who unlearned how to shave by the season end and had a distinct air of superiority about them in the pre-season shots and a distinct air of “where’s my golf clubs” about them in the late season shots.

  17. btwicey - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Wow, how pathetic. Must be a slow news day in Boston.

  18. cpinct - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Camera angles can change the way someone looks but not a doubt in my mind that Lester was the biggest fried chicken eatin, beer drinking MF in the club house. He is most definitely several pounds heavier in the second picture. I find the entire article pretty darn funny, and even if it is true, it probably had nothing to do with the Sox demise down the stretch. Were they eating chicken and drinking beer when Bucky Dent homered to end their season? Probably not. It’s just a major league choke job. Sometimes it happens (but I enjoy it a lot when it happens to the Red Sox),

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