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The Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse

Feb 25, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

After the Red Sox collapsed in epic fashion down the stretch last season, reports surfaced that Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse on the days they weren’t pitching.

The Red Sox still won 90 games last season and whether drinking beer in the clubhouse had any real impact on the team missing the playoffs is questionable, but new manager Bobby Valentine is doing his part to nip the issue in the bud. No pun intended, I swear.

Per Joe McDonald of, the Red Sox have also banned beer on the last leg of plane trips. I guess we can assume fried chicken is fair game, though.

  1. mattkempsdetlefschrempfs - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    I think the key thing to take from this is that there is no mention of hard liquor…just beer. These guys will be twice as sauced up this yr.

    • rip4gehrig - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Good, thats great news…..I can just picture Bobby V and Beckett taking shots!!!

      • bigharold - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Doing shots or taking shots? I’m thinking the latter.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Were wine or coolers banned?

      • bloodysock - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        There’s nothing more manly than 25 guys sitting around the clubhouse drinking Zima.

    • theotuna - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      The ban, according to the New England Sports Network, applies to ALL alcoholic beverages

  2. SmackSaw - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Lackey will be the one to lead the rebellion. He’ll have an ice chest full of beer just outside the clubhouse. He’ll shotgun four beers and then walk in saying ‘Nobody said nothin’ about bringin’ in beer in your own body into the clubhouse.’ It’s a slippery slope. Bobby V.’s reign of terror will be a short one. Terry Collins will self destruct first, then Bobby V.

    • patsandsox - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      They said last season that Becket was the ring leader of these guys. I think if Becket had manned up and taken some responsiblity like Lester did when they got to spring training Valentine might not have to have done this.
      Lackey will be rehabbing in extended spring training most of the season down in Florida and thankfully away from the team.
      Bye the way who on the red sox is Terry Collins?

  3. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    The cards did it so TLR wouldn’t move in and make it a drinking dojo. The sox missed the play offs because of poor pitching and no timely hitting. Beckett, Lester, and Lackey would have still drank beers and eat chicken somewhere.

    • SmackSaw - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      The Cards did it because of Josh Hancock.

  4. farvefromover - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Did Boston ban fake mustaches on Bobby V also?

  5. bigharold - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM


  6. uyf1950 - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Another overreaction by the Red Sox ownership/management to last September’s Popeye’s & Sam Adamsgate.

    I guess just telling the players that sort of thing/behavior won’t be tolerated is asking to much of grown men.

  7. goforthanddie - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I’m surprised any team still allows booze in the locker room. If you can’t make it through a whole game, or wait til you get back to the hotel for a drink, you have a problem.

    • patsandsox - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Pretty much a sign of alcoholism

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Bring back Prohibition!

        PS: Al Capone.

  8. randygnyc - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Anyone heard of ” half measures”? Should have banned beer @ fenway, completely. Anyway, on the MLB news feed it was explicity said that “alcohol” was banned in the clubhouse. Made no mention of beer.

    • patsandsox - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      That seems to make a lot more sense. Beckets probably demanding a trade. I figure the only one dumb enough to want him or Lackey would be Theo Epstien

  9. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Heartbreaking for media relations director Pam Ganley. She can’t pound beers with the guys during the game anymore or hang out til 3 am after games drinking with the guys. How does SHE keep her job?

  10. klownboy - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Further evidence that Bobby Valentine is the right guy to manage the Red Sox…

  11. jwbiii - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Treating your players like children is an excellent way to ensure they don’t act like adults.

    • goforthanddie - Feb 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Adults can wait til they get home to have a drink. If they can’t, they don’t need to be drinking.

      • jwbiii - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        Telling your players that you want them out of the clubhouse ASAP, not to hang around, shoot the shit, talk baseball, women, life in general, and bond is and excellent way not to form a cohesive team. It may be a good way to keep a spirit of comraderie from forming, a comraderie which may want to nail his martinet ass to the nearest wall, so Valentine may have a point.

  12. randygnyc - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Also, alcohol is already banned in 19 of the 30 club houses. Hard to imagine why this isn’t the case across the board.

  13. Glenn - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    A Major League clubhouse is not like the average work place. They guys practically live there. What is wrong with grown men enjoying alcohol responsibly? I don’t remember any reports of the chicken brigade being drunk, though I agree that they shouldn’t have been lounging around and drinking during the game.

  14. kevinbnyc - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Thank god wade Boggs isn’t there anymore

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      At least his mustache was real.

    • anxovies - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      And the Babe! What about the Babe? Thank God he was traded before all of this!

  15. theotuna - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Bobby V is the best thing to happen to the BoSox since – well – since Dirt Dog fever in “04

  16. losangelasbasketball - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    No more beer in the clubhouse? Next, will be the strippers and roid dealers.

  17. gadgetsnsports - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    First off, all players should be in the dugout with the rest of their teammates during the game, period. You win and lose as a team. Having some guys slamming down Buds, Popeyes and playing MLB2K while the rest of your team is playing doesn’t. It’s time JB take a look in the mirror and man-up about this issue so we can all move past it.

  18. deathmonkey41 - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I’m guessing beer-battered fried chicken is completely out of the question then.

    • foreverchipper10 - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Now I want that. Lunch cannot come soon enough!

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