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Red Sox release statement denying allegations pitchers drank beer in dugout

Oct 18, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

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The Red Sox released a series of statements late tonight in response to a report from Joe Amorosino of WHDH-7 NBC in Boston earlier this afternoon, which claimed that pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer in the dugout during games this season.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided a statement, as well as Beckett, Lackey, Lester and team president and CEO Larry Lucchino.

Here is the release from the team in full:

JON LESTER: “The accusation that we were drinking in the dugout during games is completely false. Anonymous sources are continuing to provide exaggerated and, in this case, inaccurate information to the media.

JOSH BECKETT: “I cannot let this allegation go without response; enough is enough. I admit that I made mistakes along the way this season, but this has gone too far. To say that we drank in the dugout during the game is not true.”

JOHN LACKEY: “There are things that went on this season that shouldn’t have happened, but this latest rumor is not true, and I felt that it was important to try to stop this from going any further.”

TERRY FRANCONA: “In 32 years of professional baseball, I have never seen someone drinking beer in the dugout.”

PRESIDENT/CEO LARRY LUCCHINO ON BEHALF OF THE BOSTON RED SOX: “Tonight our organization has heard directly from Jon, Josh, John, and former manager Terry Francona. Each has assured us that the allegation that surfaced today about drinking in the dugout during games in 2011 is false, and we accept their statements as honest and factual.

“As we continue our internal examination to fully understand what went wrong in September, 2011, we appreciate these strong and clear statements from our players.

“It is time to look forward and move forward, rather than allow a reckless, unsubstantiated accusation from ‘anonymous sources’ to mislead the public.”

And with that, hopefully we can consider this issue dead and buried.

It sure will be nice to have some a baseball game on the schedule tomorrow, huh?

  1. pisano - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    They may not have been drinking beer in the dugout,(but they were drinking it somewhehe) but by the end of the season Beckett belt size had gone up a few notches, and so had his era.

    • uyf1950 - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:49 AM

      …and we should believe Beckett, Lester and Lackey because they have been so forthright in their comments so far. Thanks laughable.

      As for Francona’s comment, while he certainly has maintained a professional attitude during this whole episode and his comment should be taken at face value. I would be very cautious about the wording of his comment “I have never seen someone drinking beer in the dugout.” That’s not to say no one did it or even that no one told Francona that it was being done. Only that “he never saw anyone doing it. Big, big difference.

      Now let’s all enjoy the World Series, the continuing saga of the Red Sox September collapse and the reasons why can be continued after the final out of the 2011 World Series. I have no doubt that there is more to come.

      • Old Gator - Oct 19, 2011 at 9:59 AM


  2. pisano - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    They may not have been drinking beer in the dugout,(but they were drinking it somewhere) but by the end of the season Beckett belt size had gone up a few notches, and so had his era.

    • pisano - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:18 AM

      correction on “somewhere”

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 19, 2011 at 7:49 AM

        Since Bud Light is not beer, it is easy for them to deny the story.

      • Old Gator - Oct 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        There are some who believe that Molson’s is carbonated moose piss.

      • kiwicricket - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM

        It is actually a moose-piss flavored t-bag, dipped in cool refreshing pure mountain water then carbonated.
        Ohhh right. Still moose piss.

      • marshmallowsnake - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM

        Molson is not carbonated Moose piss?

  3. Jeff J. Snider - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Joe Niekro used to keep a flask of whiskey in his back pocket. I know because an anonymous source told me.

  4. qcubed3 - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Beckett, Lester, and Lackey: We absolutely deny drinking beer in the dugout, it was 10 feet away, in the locker room. It’s simply ludicrous to believe that we would actually take our beers out of the locker room to the dugout. Clearly, we drank the beers long before getting to the dugout, and when we needed another round of “refresher beers” we went back to the appropriate location to get those beers, either the locker room or up to the beer carts.

  5. urteamsux52 - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    redsox are going to deny all they can. playing semi pro ball. their are alot of things that happen in baseball and all sports. family friend past redsox manger told us things happen in all clubhouses strippers, drinking,ect. look in the sport section or on espn all thr stars get caught that make bad choices they are no different then hip hop stars they want the thrill the power they own the night/party/they can make it the best nite cause they have money. redsox and other teams starters non pitching nites party it just the sox are being vocal. its what you do in boston you throw people under the bus when u have a way out from doing wrong. some one gets fired make it bigger then it is. its what boston does. ugly chicks and anyway to make yourself look good at others expense might as well a B on your hat you all suck and no chick in boston can give bj right why u bate everyone elses better chicks

    • cur68 - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:15 AM

      WTF are trying to say? I can barely read a word of that.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 19, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        I don’t know, the last sentence….the one that starts with “ugly chicks” might be the funniest thing I have read on this site. I have no idea what it means but something about it made me laugh uncontrollably.

      • bigleagues - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        I stopped at “semi pro baseball”.

      • kiwicricket - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        Geeeeeze, get wit the timez Cur…

      • bigleagues - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        BTW, among other HOT chicks, Boston proudly claims Ms Maria Menounous as a native . . .

      • cur68 - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        heh, heh, heh…booobz….

    • theonlynolan - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      I can’t read these words. They’re not in the right order. I think you might be dyslexic, bro. I’m not reading this.

  6. xpensivewinos - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    I find it interesting that Lucchino feels Francona’s word is the gospel on this. Not saying that Francona isn’t being truthful, It’s just fortunate that the bus Lucchino and those other creep owners threw Francona under wasn’t on his throat so he could make a statement. Lucky break…..

  7. theonlynolan - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Who gives a shit at this point? I don’t care if they were mainlining drano on the pitching mound, the only fact that matters is they lost. They ran out of pitching. They had a 45 year old knuckleballer, Kyle Weiland, and the corpse of Erik Bedard trying to stop the bleeding and that wasn’t good enough. They struggled in September but Beckett and Lester still had good years. Anyone can have a bad month they just did it at the most inopportune time. Lackey on the other hand should maybe just drink more, it sure can’t hurt matters since he’s been a trainwreck since day one anyway.

    On an entirely different note this same team became famous for breaking an 86 year old curse by ripping shots of whiskey while losing to the Yankees in ’04. This whole thing is nonsense. Had they won two more games we’d be celebrating the team’s ability to stay loose while the walls fell down around them. It’s just hindsight being used to project a negative imagine on a team that suffered some injuries and didn’t have the pitching depth to deal with it. They still won 90 games in the toughest division in baseball. So next year when I go to Fenway I’ll bring a keg of Bud Light and drop it off at the player’s entrance with a card that reads: enjoy fellas!!!

  8. dwishinsky - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    As any A’s fan can attest, four words: Curse of Conor Jackson

  9. txnative61 - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    Adios, just glad you’re gone.

  10. bambam08 - Oct 19, 2011 at 4:42 AM


    Wonder if Bluto & D-Day were with them during any of the games.

  11. hooks024 - Oct 19, 2011 at 4:43 AM

    Buck foston!

  12. mempusa - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth got absolutely smashed every day. There are hundreds of players poppin/snortin pills before games. Even if it’s true, these guys drank beer during games where they aret event playing. Why is it an issue?

  13. badmamainphilliesjamas - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    If I were an owner/manager/teammate, I would care about how this affects team morale and cohesion.
    If I were a fan I MIGHT care that I’m spending my hard-earned money on a bunch of overpaid unprofessional players (nah, probably not–especially if they’re winning).
    Why does anyone else care?

  14. hooks024 - Oct 19, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Hey, urteamsux52, try your spelling/grammar check option. Also, proofreading isn’t just for celebrities anymore. Your comment was so hard on an educated brain that I gave up after 3 of what you call sentences.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      Unfortunately, all previous posts by the poster you are referring to have been illiterate.

    • pisano - Oct 19, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      hooks024…. I know this is going to be hard to believe, but that was the most sense that poster has ever made. I’ve read (tried to read) some of the posts in the past and I thought I was going blind.

    • cur68 - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Boys maybe we’re being uncharitable? Clearly he’s a troll & a hater. Y’know what they say; hater’s gonna hate and trollers gonna troll…or something. Anyhow, in the ethos of the Great Ron Washington, who says he can’t make anyone the greatest but he can make them better, maybe we should help this guy? I’m not suggesting we read that…that…what ever the hell that was, but we could try to at least get him to be succinct, right? So, with that in mind;

      urteamsux52; all you need to write is “Boobz”. Use as many “o”s as you like. You’re welcome.

  15. jgreiner9 - Oct 19, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    The same redsox team that broke the curse in ’04?? That didn’t have youk, pedroria, ellsbury, lackey, Lester, dice-k, buckholz, crawford, papelbon, bard, Adrian Gonzalez, jd drew. But relied on guys like manny, schilling, Pedro, mueller, foulke, damon, and mark bellhorn. Definitely not the same team that did that. I believe Ortiz and wake are the only two remaining guys from that team

  16. hermitfool - Oct 19, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    And Chuck Tanner never saw any of his Pirate players stuffing their noses with cocaine.

  17. steelerdynasty2010 - Oct 19, 2011 at 9:23 AM


  18. florida727 - Oct 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    I agree with “steelerdynasty”. This has now officially gotten to the point of being stupid. NOTE TO MEDIA: find another story. Nobody cares about this one. Got it? BTW, media, do any of you guys drink beer while doing YOUR job? Yeah, thought so…

  19. bigleagues - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I don’t agree with everything in this piece, but it is an interesting take on the recent firestorm.

  20. bradybbgoat - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    This is getting out of hand. The media are really burning bridges inside the organization with their relentless “witch-hunt” style pursuit of this story.

    Does anyone wonder why someone like Bill Belichick is so hyper aware of media interference?

    The town of Boston has such a rich history of sports journalism. Its a shame that the current crop have stooped to TMZ stories and reporting.

  21. fenway9999 - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    There is no room for the old guard of media types anymore. Any knucklehead can post anything they want nowadays. The problem is there is too much competition for “breaking news” and there is zero integrity in reporting. Say what you will about the Belichickian style, but it seems to work in these modern days of trash journalism.

  22. marshmallowsnake - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    JOHN LACKEY: “There are things that went on this season that shouldn’t have happened,” – yeah, like him being allowed to start games.

    • pisano - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:33 AM

      marshmallowsnake …Or worse yet, Boston having to pay that loser.

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