Lester Admits to Drinking Beer During Games


Finally after weeks of reports and speculation surrounding the uncanny clubhouse behaviors by some of the Red Sox pitchers, we have some confessions.

Jon Lester went on record with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe and admitted that he, amongst others were in fact drinking beer in the clubhouse when games were currently being played. 

While Lester admitted that he should’ve been on the bench to support his teammates, he did want to set the record straight and state that it wasn’t a full blown party in the clubhouse.

“There’s a perception out there that we were up there getting hammered and that wasn’t the case.” – Jon Lester via the Boston Globe.

Lester also made it know that in most cases that those involved would only consume one beer, and was most often used as a “rally” beer in the late innings of the game.

At long last we have someone with the fortitude to step and admit to these speculations.  Lester finally took the bullet for everyone involved and said ‘yes we did what they said we did.’  Whether or not they only had one or four beers it doesn’t really matter.  Lester admitted the behavior was wrong and he knows it shouldn’t have happened, but good for him for admitting the truth.  Quite often it is so easy to hide behind the denials, but Lester stepped up and owned up like a man.

As Abraham captures in the Globe article, Lester talks about how Terry Francona may have lost control with his group.

“There comes a time when your authority is no longer there. You kind of run your course. People … knew how Tito was and we pushed the envelope with it. We never had rules, we never had that iron-fist mentality. If you screwed up, he called you on it. That was how it worked.”

Lester also praised Francona stating that he did a lot for him and his family, but its clear that Tito was right and that a new voice is needed to lead this bunch.

As far as rumors that the beer drinkers were also eating chicken and playing video games, Lester was quick to point out that once a month they would order chicken from Popeyes, but never did they play video games when a game was on.

Thank you Jon for stepping up and taking one on the chin.  Isn’t it funny how society is more willing to forgive those that admit they were wrong than those that continuously deny?

Now all we need is Josh Beckett to act like a man and address the media.  Then, maybe then, we can finally put this fiasco behind us and focus on more important things with this club, ie: the next manager, free agency and 2012 expectations.

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