Reporting Lesley Van Arsdall
By Lesley Van Arsdall
A story broke in Boston about Red Sox pitchers drinking beer in the clubhouse during games when they didn’t have to pitch. The pitchers in question were John Lackey, Josh Bekett and Jon Lester.
The Red Sox later issued a statement–along with comments from the players–saying this was not true. Still, employees cited as sources in the story say the three pitchers would “leave the dugout, walk back to the clubhouse and fill cups with Bud Light. They would then return to the dugout and watch the game while drinking beer.” Another Red Sox employee claimed they were “bored on nights they weren’t pitching and this is how they entertained themselves.”
In my opinion, this is drinking on the job any way you look at it. The message they are sending is unprofessional. The average American would never be allowed to drink while on the clock, not to mention drive home after they’ve had a few.