John Farrell met with the media today in Fort Myers, and during that meeting, he was asked the million dollar question about beer in the Red Sox clubhouse. Will it be allowed?
Thats something that were still discussing internally," he said (via Maureen Mullen). "At the appropriate time well make that announcement if it needs to be. Weve got a lot of other things to take care of first before we worry about if a beers going to be opened after the game."
Whether or not Farrell is really undecided, or just didn't feel like dealing with aftermath of his answer is unclear, but either way, I hope the Sox make the right choice and lift the clubhouse beer ban.
It's time to start treating these guys like adults again. To show them that you trust that they've learned from past mistakes and will treat the game and this organization with the respect it deserves. I think that's one way to help set a tone that can breed some of the fun-loving chemistry that this organization used to thrive on.
Not so much about the beer as it is the freedom to be your own man.
And if someone takes advantage of that? You deal with it. You say: "Well, this guy clearly don't have his priorities straight." Then you get rid of him. If anything, giving these guys a little more freedom will help weed out the players who don't have it together, and the Sox can move on and improve themselves. Or at least that's my romantic version of it.
For now, I'll guess we'll just have to wait for the appropriate time for Farrell to give an appropriate answer.
In the meantime, anyone want to grab a quick cold one?
Lack's buying tonight.
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BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil.
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately.
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia.
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday.
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.”
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did.
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively.
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”