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Joe Maddon to allow beer in Rays’ clubhouse

02/27/2012 at 5:55 am By

 

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The tales of the Red Sox players drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games (pitchers who were not scheduled to start on that day), caused a media firestorm at the end of last season. A firestorm that was magnified given the Red Sox’ collapse at the end of the season.

Ultimately, it resulted in Terry Francona joining ESPN as an analyst and Bobby Valentine replacing him. Valentine has long had a “no alcohol” policy for his teams and the Red Sox announced a “Beer Ban” last week. Given the media attention they received last year, they really had no choice in my opinion regardless of Valentine’s policies.

Joe Maddon, however, announced a slightly different approach to the idea of alcohol in the clubhouse saying, “We’re not the Boston Red Sox. ”

He went on to say, “I’ve said it a hundred times, For me at the end of the day, I’d much prefer our players making good decisions, and if you’re of legal age, and the game is over, and you’ve sweated and lost a bunch of pounds and you want to sit down and have a beer, I see nothing wrong with that.”

I tend to agree with the idea of allowing adults to do what they want, but I also understand Boston had no choice. It’s also slightly amusing that Maddon didn’t shy away from taking a little shot at one of his rivals.

“We’re not the Boston Red Sox,” the manager told reporters Sunday in an apparent shot at the Rays’ AL East rivals. Boston manager Bobby Valentine last week banned alcohol in the Sox’s clubhouse in response to some Boston pitchers drinking beer last year during games in which they weren’t working.

Maddon said responsible alcohol use after games is fine by him.

“I’ve said it a hundred times,” Maddon told reporters. “For me at the end of the day, I’d much prefer our players making good decisions, and if you’re of legal age, and the game is over, and you’ve sweated and lost a bunch of pounds and you want to sit down and have a beer, I see nothing wrong with that.”

The Tampa Bay Times noted that Rays players are allowed to drink on most team flights during road trips; the only time they can’t is on flights home at the end of trips. The theory behind the prohibition, according to the Times, is that some players will be driving home after those flights.

 

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2012-02-27/tampa-bay-rays-manager-joe-maddon-on-beer-in-clubhouse-were-not-the-red-sox#ixzz1naaRPlGy

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