• The Boston Beer Party

    Posted by on October 20th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Bosox say it ain’t so…

    The Boston Red Sox today issued the following statements regarding the allegation about drinking in the dugout during games in the 2011 season. Additionally, former manager Terry Francona has asked that the team release a statement on his behalf.

    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.”

    No mention regarding if these statements released by the Red Sox were made at the Cask ‘N Flagon

    Comments on The Boston Beer Party

    1. MJ Recanati
      October 20th, 2011 | 2:14 pm

      Much as I’m enjoying the turmoil in Boston, I can’t help but agree with the culprits’ sentiments that this stuff has taken a life of its own and is now over-the-top and ridiculous.

      The problem with blatant witch-hunting and absurd hyper-scrutiny of the mundane is that it begins to make victims of the guilty. See Rodriguez, Alex.

    2. 77yankees
      October 20th, 2011 | 7:28 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      Ditto. I love seeing the Sawx being piled on rather than being the darlings of the media’s eye.

      But looking at this through an unprejudiced view, 7-20 in September is the only reason we’re hearing about this at all. If you win, nobody cares about your renegade bad boy behavior. Just look at the ’86 Mets or the old Oakland Raider teams of the 70s & 80s.

    3. October 21st, 2011 | 9:23 am

      Where’s the witch hunt? They have admitted to drinking in the clubhouse, during games. They’re issuing PR-scripted denials to the dugout issue, because that is actually against MLB’s rules. To top it all off, Terry Francona said when he quit that it was mostly due to losing control of the clubhouse. Seems like it’s perfectly reasonable for the media to write about this.

    4. MJ Recanati
      October 21st, 2011 | 12:56 pm

      @ lisaswan:
      The witch hunt is in the obsession with trying to uncover more and more dirt on what is actually fairly common clubhouse practice. What, the Red Sox are the only team that has people drinking beer in the privacy of the locker room? The Red Sox are the only team that employs videogame enthusiasts and people with poor dietary habits?

      When unnamed sources “reveal” things that may or may not be true, it seems less a media drive to discover the truth and more an attempt to explain the inexplicable — a poorly-timed losing streak — by appealing to fans’ sense of indigation that their heroes don’t “respect the game” as much as fans believe they would, if roles were reversed.

      It’s a bunch of baloney. Because Babe Ruth never ate hot dogs and drank beer during games, right?

      77yankees wrote:

      But looking at this through an unprejudiced view, 7-20 in September is the only reason we’re hearing about this at all. If you win, nobody cares about your renegade bad boy behavior. Just look at the ’86 Mets or the old Oakland Raider teams of the 70s & 80s.

      Yep.

    5. Raf
      October 21st, 2011 | 7:51 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      What, the Red Sox are the only team that has people drinking beer in the privacy of the locker room?

      Not only that, but of pitchers who aren’t going to throw.

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