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In a bombshell report released by the Boston Globe regarding the historic Red Sox September collapse, reporter Bob Hohler revealed that starting pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester (who were all joined at times by Clay Buchholz) drank beer in the clubhouse, ate fried chicken, and played video games during games on their off-days.
This routine allegedly began late in the 2010 season as the team faded from contention and continued all through 2011. The pitchers also allegedly scaled back their workout routines despite appeals from team physicians and trainers.
“It’ s hard for a guy making $80,000 to tell a $15 million pitcher he needs to get off his butt and do some work,” one source told the Globe.
As a result, the three gained weight and body fat, and were terrible in September when the Red Sox needed them most, going 2-7 with a 6.45 ERA. The Sox lost 11 of their 15 starts.
Frankly, I’m not surprised to see Beckett and Lackey’s names associated with this report, but I was unbelievably disappointed to see Lester’s name apart of the trio. He was given a second chance with life after surviving cancer, but instead he has become just as lazy and selfish as the other “entitled” pitchers.
Lester has not done enough in his career to even deserve more than $15 million like his fellow frat brother starters, so you’d think the lefty would work hard for his next big contract. Instead, he has this disgusting, shameful, and embarrassing report emerge after the highly publicized September collapse.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised about Beckett, of course. The two-time World Series champion allegedly pulled the same hijinks while with the Marlins in 2003. Manager Jack McKeon said Beckett and former Sox hurler Brad Penny would drink in between innings…during starts!
“In between innings they’d go to the clubhouse to get a drink or hang out,’’ McKeon told the Palm Beach Post.
The problem got so bad, McKeon eventually had to lock the clubhouse during games and give out bathroom passes to those who needed to use the rest room.
At the time, Beckett was 23. He’s 31 now. Time to grow up.
Also, let’s not go on without mentioning that the actions of Beckett, Lackey, Lester and sometimes Buchholz show an astounding lack of commitment to the team. I’d be perfectly OK with the Red Sox trading two of the four trouble makers (preferably Lackey and Beckett) if possible to change up this culture. Screw them. Seriously.