Appearing on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona called the Red Sox banning of alcohol in the clubhouse a PR move.
"I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one, said Francona. "I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it. It's probably more of a PR move just because the Red Sox took such a beating at the end of the year."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced the new policy Saturday afternoon, receiving support from Red Sox DH David Ortiz.
"We're not here to drink," said Ortiz. "We're here to play baseball. It ain't a bar."
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player.
Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14.
Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.