Well, that’s one way to deal with the rest of your team’s wack-ness…
WHDH-TV in Boston cited anonymous Red Sox employees in its report. The Boston Globe later confirmed the report through a team source. Reports last week surfaced that those three often drank beer in the clubhouse on days they were not pitching.
Beckett said in a statement, “I cannot let his allegation go without response; enough is enough. I admit that I made mistakes along this season, but this has gone too far. To say we drank in the dugout during the game is not true.”
Lackey acknowledged that “there are things that went on this season that shouldn’t have happened.” He also said in his statement that the “latest rumor is not true, and I felt that it was important to try and stop this from going any further.”
Even the recently departed Francona defend his former pitchers saying “in 32 years of professional baseball, I have never seen someone drinking beer in the dugout.”
The four released their statements in an official Red Sox release.
Club president and CEO Larry Lucchino said on behalf of the Red Sox organization that the club “appreciates these strong and clear statements from our players. … We accept their statements as honest and factual.”
According to the WHDH-TV report, on days when the trio didn’t pitch, they would exit the dugout, sometimes as early as the sixth inning, fill cups with Bud Light in the clubhouse and then return to the dugout with the cups to drink while watching the game.
One Red Sox employee told the station that Beckett, Lester and Lackey appeared “bored on nights they weren’t pitching and this is how they entertained themselves.”
Another employee described the scene as a routine.
“Beckett would come down the stairs from the dugout walking through the corridor to the clubhouse and say ‘it’s about that time,’ ” the anonymous employee told WHDH. “Beckett was the instigator but Lester and Lackey were right behind him. It was blatant and hard not to notice what was going on with all three guys leaving at once.”
The two employees in the WHDH story said drinking was confined to just Beckett, Lester and Lackey.
A team source told The Boston Herald that “there is reason to believe the report is inaccurate.” The Herald’s source, who was not in the dugout, but had knowledge of what did go on, did not outright deny the allegations of drinking in the dugout but claimed to have “never seen that or heard anything about it.”
A report last week in The Boston Globe said the trio drank in the clubhouse, ate fried chicken and played video games on days they did not start.
SMH. Are we wrong for thinking this is actually kind of funny?