On "Felger and Mazz," Tony Massarotti goes off on Red Sox pitcher John Lackey drinking beer in the clubhouse in Cleveland, saying it's "a kick in the face" to fans.
Some teams do provide beer in the clubhouse. "I don't understand why they do that," Mazz said. "If you want a beer, go somewhere and buy it. Typically, this is a place of work."
Mazz goes on to say that Lackey's attitude "has dragged some others down with him" and questions why the injured pitcher has been traveling with the team.
"He's been a negative influence since his first day with the team," Mazz said.
As for beer in the clubhouse or locker room, Mazz said it should be banned everywhere.
"You're not drinking at the ballpark, that would be my rule," he said.
And finally, Mazz says of all the teams, the Red Sox should be aware of how drinking in the clubhouse looks after the chicken-and-beer fiasco of last September.
"Does it take a genius to know that the last thing any Red Sox player should do is walk throught the clubhouse carrying two beers in their hand," Mazz concluded. "Isn't that really a big kick in the face to anyone who emotionally invests in that team?"
Wednesday's practice participation report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
G Jonathan Cooper (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Charles Clay (knee)
OL Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)
OL Patrick Lewis (knee)
WR Sammy Watkins (foot)
DB Colt Anderson (foot)
DB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
QB Cardale Jones (right shoulder)
DB Jonathan Meeks (foot)
WR Greg Salas (groin)
DB Aaron Williams (ankle)
FOXBORO -- Jimmy Garoppolo spoke Wednesday for the first time since getting his shoulder separated by the Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso. Standing by his locker, Garoppolo was predictably vague about the status of his arm, unless you consider, “Getting better day by day,” as being insightful.
The only two responses offered that were worth a damn came when asked if he could have done anything different when he got squished by Alonso while retreating and buying time.
“Just have to be smart I guess,” said Garoppolo. “I mean, it’s football and stuff’s gonna happen like that, but have to be smart in those situations.”
Asked if he regretted holding the ball as long as he did on a third-down play with the Patriots up 21-0, Garoppolo replied, “After it’s all said and done it’s easy to say that, but it’s one of those things, you’re in the heat of the game. But bottom line I have to be smarter than that.”
Meanwhile, as he worked last week to get back for Thursday night’s game against Houston, The Boston Herald reported that the Patriots were “putting pressure” on Garoppolo to be ready for the game. Working hard to get key players ready for upcoming games is standard operating procedure for a medical staff. Trying to force a player to perform is not.
I asked Garoppolo if he felt unduly pressured. He replied, “No.”