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Reports: Lackey Double-Fisting Bud Lights in Sox Clubhouse
Beckett Closes Boston Bar 2 a.m. Tuesday Before Getting Hammered By Rangers Wednesday Afternoon
And More Tee Times!

Haggerty: Signs Are There That Sox Are Giving Up
Mazz: 'Lackey Drinking in Clubhouse Is Smack in Face to Sox Fans'
Shaughnessy: Assumed Ban Was Home and Away
Update: Valentine Clarifies Alcohol Ban, Backs Lackey

"If you came in here [last night], you would have seen a pretty heaping pile of empty bottles by the time I left. And I dare say there were a whole bunch of games this year at home that I would have liked to have the ability to make a big pile." -- Bobby V shedding lightness on Beergate II before Friday's game

Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com: "There were others that just don’t seem to care about wins or losses anymore.

"Like John Lackey as he apparently needs to travel with the team and work with trainer Mike Reinold while recovering from Tommy John surgery – a fairly standard rehab that literally thousands of pitchers have come back from stronger-than-ever over the last 30 years.

"But for whatever reason the underachieving righty needs to travel with the team even though he won’t be throwing even one measly pitch for them.

"Lackey was so busted up after the latest defeat that he was strutting around the clubhouse with a can of Bud Light in each hand, or what is known as “double-fisting” on every college campus in the history of mankind.

"So much for the Bobby Valentine ban on alcohol in the Sox clubhouse that was implemented during spring training."

Boston Dirt Dogs: Beckett at the Bar at Beantown Pub Monday Night
Until 2 am Closing Time

Did Red Sox starter Josh Beckett do everything he could to be in peak condition for his crucial start against the Texas Rangers in Wednesday's matinee at Fenway? Beckett was spotted belly-up-to-the-bar at the Beantown Pub on Tremont Steet until closing time, 2 a.m., Monday night. The Beantown Pub would not confirm that Beckett was in the establishment at the time reported.

Video: Valentine Announces Clubhouse Beer Ban in Spring Training
Did He Forget to Mention That He Was Allowing Booze in the Road Clubhouse?
Did He Want One Culture at Home and Another Behavior on the Road?
And What Training Does Lackey Do On Road Trips Again, Ben?
Inside Track: Beckett, Buchholz, and Lester Play Golf in Akron, Ohio

“It doesn’t matter. We’re not here to drink; we’re here to play baseball. This ain’t no bar. This is an organization, a place that needs a lot of athleticism. Alcohol has nothing to do with that. We have alcohol in our houses. If you want to drink, drink at home." -- David Ortiz on the clubhouse drinking ban in February


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