Report: Sox trio drank beer in dugout during games

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Report: Sox trio drank beer in dugout during games

WHDH-TV in Boston reported Tuesday that Red Sox pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lester drank beer in the dugout during games.

Channel 7 quoted "two Red Sox employees who witnessed the drinking on multiple occasions at Fenway Park".

According to the television station, no other players were involved. It occured only on nights when they weren't pitching.

Channel 7 quoted one of the employee as saying:

Beckett would come down the stairs from the dugout, walking through the corridor to the clubhouse and say, Its about that time. 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 other employee said "Beckett, Lester and Lackey appeared 'bored on nights they werent pitching and this is how they entertained themselves.' "

It had earlier been reported that the three drank beer in the clubhouse during games. Lester spoke to several media outlets on Monday and claimed the reports were overblown, but Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi spoke to two sources, one from within the clubhouse and one in the front office, who said Lester's comments only told part of the story and that the behavior of Beckett, Lackey and Lester "was irresponsible, occasionally reckless, and disrespectful to manager Terry Francona".

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?