PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is banning beer in the clubhouse after the infamous “fried chicken and beer” controversy that came to light in the wake of Boston’s epic 2011 meltdown.
But don’t expect Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon to follow suit. When asked about his policy Sunday, he responded without missing a beat.
“We’re not the Boston Red Sox,” Maddon told reporters following the first full-squad workout at the team’s spring training facility.
“As I 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 sweated and lost a bunch of pounds and you wanted to sit down and have a beer, I see nothing wrong with that. “
According to a Boston Globe report in the aftermath of the team’s collapse, pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lackey and John Lester engaged in a routine of drinking beer, eating fried chicken and playing video games in the clubhouse on non-start days, rather than showing their support in the dugout.