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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Beer in Red Sox dugout?

Lester admitted Monday that he and other pitchers had an “occasional beer” in the clubhouse during days they were not scheduled to pitch, but on Tuesday WHDH-TV in Boston cited Red Sox employees as saying that Lester, Josh Beckett and John Lackey drank beer in the dugout during games.

The sources said that the trio would leave the dugout around the sixth inning, 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. One Red Sox employee told the station that the pitchers were “bored on nights they weren’t pitching and this is how they entertained themselves.”

According to the report, another Red Sox employee said: “Beckett would come down the stairs from the dugout, walking through the corridor to the clubhouse and say ‘it’s about that time’. Becket was the instigator but Lester and Lackey were right behind him.

“It was blatant and hard not to notice what was going on with all three guys leaving at once.”

Bud Light?

Now, that’s unforgiveable!

The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: October 18, 2011 at 11:48 PM (#3967695)
Drinking beer in the dugout? What's next, a flask on the pitcher's mound?
   2. bads85 Posted: October 18, 2011 at 11:54 PM (#3967698)
Cocaine in the back pocket.
   3. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: October 18, 2011 at 11:57 PM (#3967699)
Wait a minute- drinking beer while watching baseball? Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?
   4. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:02 AM (#3967701)
love me some Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:07 AM (#3967704)
Looks like Lester opted for the modified limited hangout route.
   6. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:09 AM (#3967706)
Bud Light?

Now, that’s unforgiveable!


No ####. Of all the possible beers to drink in this wide world, that's the last one I'd choose. OK, maybe Red Stripe.
   7. ...and Toronto selects: Troy Tulowitzki Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:36 AM (#3967722)
Busweiser is disgusting. Bud Light at least brewed in Canada is quite alright for light beers.
   8. Ebessan Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM (#3967724)
I don't get the conditioning complaints. They were drinking light beer!
   9. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:54 AM (#3967728)
Budweiser is quite tolerable. Bud Light is perhaps the worst beer I've ever tasted.
   10. Spahn Insane Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:08 AM (#3967737)
Bud Light's bad, but it's got nothing on Special Export, or whatever that Old Style knockoff crap they were selling at Wrigley a few years ago was called.
   11. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:14 AM (#3967740)
Budweiser is quite tolerable. Bud Light is perhaps the worst beer I've ever tasted.


I cannot differentiate the two. Coors, OTOH, has a creamy taste to it whch isn't found in Coors Light. My wife had me switch to red wine. I think the last beer I had was in August.
   12. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:18 AM (#3967745)
I think the last beer I had was in August.


You going to do that red wine stuff in Minneapolis in June??

-- MWE
   13.   Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:24 AM (#3967749)
The sources said that the trio would leave the dugout around the sixth inning, walk back to the clubhouse and fill cups with Bud Light


So they were drinking water? What's the problem?
   14. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:25 AM (#3967750)
Too soon to tell. We need to sell our "vacation house" and hope my wife gets a job by then. I envy those guys who can expense the convention.
   15. DKDC Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3967756)
I cannot differentiate the two..


I find that surprising, they are not at all alike.

Bud Light is watery swill. Budweiser doesn't really have anything to recommend it, but I've been stuck in far too many situations where it's the best beer in the joint. It certainly beats the hell out of a Stella Artois or a Corona.

It's probably the second best beer available at the grocery store closest to my house, although it's a distant second since they also stock Sierra Nevada (which thankfully sneaks its way into many macro-only situations).
   16. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:43 AM (#3967761)
I am so sick of the Red Sox - this is becoming a joke
   17.   Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:45 AM (#3967763)
I wouldn't go out of my way for a Budweiser, but it is usually the beer that is offered for specials and whatnot, at least around here. If I'm in a pub and they have pints of Bud on for $2 I'll usually get one.

I do prefer Stella or Corona though :)
   18. McCoy Posted: October 19, 2011 at 02:01 AM (#3967772)
Yuengling is my cheap beer of choice though the further away from PA you go the more upscale and thus pricier people think it should be. If I'm in the midwest I'll take a MGD. I don't know what I'd get if I was in the West or deep south.
   19. TerpNats Posted: October 19, 2011 at 02:06 AM (#3967775)
Budweiser is quite tolerable. Bud Light is perhaps the worst beer I've ever tasted.
I take it you've never had a Dubuque Star beer. To call it swill would be more of a compliment than it deserved.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2011 at 02:42 AM (#3967783)
We need Larry Bowa to post here more than ever.
   21. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: October 19, 2011 at 02:52 AM (#3967788)
I'm rethinking my time here at BBTF if so many if you purposefully injest Budweiser or Coors. That stuff is flat awful. I'm drinking a Black Butte Porter now from Deschutes Brewery in Portland. Friggin' WalMart carries it. There is no excuse for Bud, folks.
   22. Tripon Posted: October 19, 2011 at 03:22 AM (#3967803)
Boston is where Samuel Adams originates. Come on guys, support your local brewery.
   23. McCoy Posted: October 19, 2011 at 03:30 AM (#3967806)
Boston is where Samuel Adams originates. Come on guys, support your local brewery.

I don't know if Sam Adams has ever had a commercial brewery in Boston. Perhaps at the very very beginning but in its early days it was brewed out in Western PA and in various other breweries around the country. I believe nowadays Sam Adams has commercial breweries in Cincinnatti and PA.
   24. Dandy Little Glove Man Posted: October 19, 2011 at 03:39 AM (#3967809)
I'm drinking a Black Butte Porter now from Deschutes Brewery in Portland.

I was just at Deschutes over the weekend! They have some good stuff there, and the Obsidian Stout was a personal favorite, but I'd have to say that I preferred Rogue's selection overall.

Regarding terrible beer, Coors Light is the one that I really can't tolerate. Many other light beers taste like decent beer mixed with water. Coors Light doesn't taste like any liquid that would traditionally be considered a beverage.
   25. Bob Tufts Posted: October 19, 2011 at 03:45 AM (#3967813)
Pikers! What about the rumors that Dick Allen drank straight vodka in the Cardinals dugout?
   26. Tuque Posted: October 19, 2011 at 03:56 AM (#3967819)
The Deschutes brew pub in Bend is great. I go there lots. The food is surprisingly excellent. The Rogue brew pub (in Portland, I've never been to the main one) sucks in comparison but I agree Rogue's selection is (in general) superior. Rogue is really a world-class brewery in my opinion.

I agree though that the Obsidian stacks up with anything Rogue does. I'd say it stacks up to any stout around, really, though I'm not a big stout guy.
   27. Tuque Posted: October 19, 2011 at 04:06 AM (#3967826)
Friggin' WalMart carries it.

That's the difference, though, between Portland and the rest of the entire world. Portland is the best beer city I've ever seen.

Full disclosure: I'm from there, but I'm trying to discount hometown bias.
   28. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 19, 2011 at 04:11 AM (#3967829)
I'm rethinking my time here at BBTF if so many if you purposefully injest Budweiser or Coors. That stuff is flat awful. I'm drinking a Black Butte Porter now from Deschutes Brewery in Portland. Friggin' WalMart carries it. There is no excuse for Bud, folks.


I generally brew my own. Did 2 today; a dry stout and a Belgian Abbey style.
   29. Tuque Posted: October 19, 2011 at 04:11 AM (#3967830)
Deschutes Brewery in Portland

Sorry for the triple post but there is a mistake on the Internet. Deschutes is from Bend! And all of their beers (and the brewery itself) are named after Bend landmarks.
   30.   Posted: October 19, 2011 at 04:14 AM (#3967832)
Make it yourself or go to New Orleans, people. Come on.
   31. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: October 19, 2011 at 04:33 AM (#3967837)
I generally brew my own. Did 2 today; a dry stout and a Belgian Abbey style.


Nice work. The most difficult beer to home brew, by a mile, is a light lager. Give it a try and suddenly Coors and Miller Lite aren't so terrible.
   32. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 19, 2011 at 04:49 AM (#3967845)
Make it yourself or go to New Orleans . . .

In another week, I fully expect to read how Beckett & Lackey had a home brew operation tucked away in the bowels of Fenway.
   33. SoCalDemon Posted: October 19, 2011 at 06:49 AM (#3967888)
It's times like this that I am glad I live in southern California, where Stone, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, The Bruery, Ballast Point, and Alesmith are all freely available and relatively cheap. I think the last time I had a Coors or Bud before beer 10 was when I was 22. Although NorCal has a lot to offer too; drinking a North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout right now, and it tastes a lot like joy. Also, enough Red Sox already.
   34. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: October 19, 2011 at 09:05 AM (#3967906)
I take it you've never had a Dubuque Star beer. To call it swill would be more of a compliment than it deserved.


Over here, Carling is absolutely shocking.

My wife came over to London with an American study group from college, and apparently - every evening - the vast majority of the group sought out an East End pub, and sat there for 2-3 hours. Drinking Coors Light. I mean . . . how do you reason with that kind of thinking?
   35. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: October 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM (#3967914)
Make it yourself or go to New Orleans, people. Come on.


Are you talking about beer or absinthe?
   36. JGLB has the express written consent of MLB Posted: October 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM (#3967919)
Make it yourself or go to New Orleans, people. Come on.


I just returned from New Orleans and I'll be brewing an Oatmeal Stout this weekend. I also live within a quarter mile of two micro-breweries and one of the best beer bars in the US. And I get all this and I live in the South.
   37. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: October 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM (#3967925)
Pikers! What about the rumors that Dick Allen drank straight vodka in the Cardinals dugout?


Dave Megyessy said that the Pirates were drunk before BP when he and the Cardinals came back to the locker room after football practice. I don't believe Pittsburgh was ever in Saint Louis that time of the year during Dave's football career, but that sounds like it could be Dick Allen; or Maury Wills.
   38. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM (#3967935)
In another week, I fully expect to read how Beckett & Lackey had a home brew operation tucked away in the bowels of Fenway.


I might be persuaded to drink Josh Beckett beer (although it would probably slow me down, to the point that an activity that takes others seconds takes me hours), but I wouldn't touch Lackey stout.
   39. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM (#3967936)
I think American craft beer generally sucks, including many of the options listed in this thread. Bud heavy is a much better (actually quite good, given the volume theyre producing) beer.

They are over hopped, too alcoholic, carry noticable residual sugar and are generally unbalanced. It's the same palate immaturity we saw in wine 20 years ago and still see among clueless wine drinkers today.

The worst of it, from my POV, is that the approach to brewing (bigger! Bitterer! Sweeter!) is leaking into the newly-cool hard cider movement. I've been drinking that stuff for 12 years and watching the sudden lurch down in quality over the last two years as new producers weaned on american brewing started up (eg eve's cidery, wandering aengus) is just sad. At least Farnum Hill and Bellweather are still out there making proper hard cider.
   40. tfbg9 Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM (#3967939)
37-"Out of Their Leauge"?, right. I remember that book. The college football version was "Meat on the Hoof", IIRC.
   41. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: October 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM (#3967952)
I think there's a good book to be written examining baseball players "under the influence" - both the good (David Wells was drunk while pitching his perfect game) and bad. There's some room for good original reporting, with interviews with former drug users like Keith Hernandez about how the Devil's Dandruff had effects on him in the field or at the plate.
   42. Andere Richtingen Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:14 PM (#3967964)
Over-under on when it's revealed that they kept a stable of hookers back there?
   43. BDC Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:16 PM (#3967966)
Pace 'zop, to whose palate all must defer :) I greatly enjoy American craft beer. Everything's relative. I grew up drinking Schlitz out of poptop cans. (Almost literally grew up: when I turned 12 I was allowed one can of Schlitz per week, on a Sunday night IIRC. I would drink it while playing dice baseball.) So really, Dogfish 90-minute IPA or whatever seems like a higher plane of existence to me.

At the Ballpark I drink Rahr's Red, a local beer. It surely isn't the beer of paradise, but it is the same price per ounce as the light beers they sell by the million in aluminum bottles. A friend tried to buy me a Bud Lite Lime (can that really exist?) the other night. I managed to avoid it.

I generally avoid American light lagers. The other night, listening to music outdoors near Austin, I had a Lone Star. It was pretty bad, but it was Texas and it was warm and there were singer-songwriters with guitars. The beer fit the evening.
   44. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: October 19, 2011 at 01:41 PM (#3967979)
Yeah, Bend, not Portland. Sorry a friend is in Portland and he turned me on to that brewery, so I relate it to Portland and I forget all the time it's in Bend. I'm from CA, sorry Oregonians and beer lovers.
   45. zack Posted: October 19, 2011 at 02:09 PM (#3968002)
A friend tried to buy me a Bud Lite Lime (can that really exist?) the other night. I managed to avoid it.


I will not try to pretend that it is good, exactly, and I'm pretty sure whatever the lime flavor is must be toxic, but when it's really damn hot out BLL is refreshing. Kind of like a radler. Then again, last time I had it I was drinking in the pool and it might have been pool water, I wouldn't have noticed.

For the truly adventurous, Bud now sells Bud Light premixed with Clamato in tall boys.
   46. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: October 19, 2011 at 02:13 PM (#3968007)
For the truly adventurous, Bud now sells Bud Light premixed with Clamato in tall boys.

Chelada!

We live in a great time to be a beer drinker. Craft brews, imports and some decent macro brews. When I was a kid at the supermarket I used to agonize over which cereal to buy and now I'm like that when I'm deciding which beer to get. It's great.
   47. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: October 19, 2011 at 02:46 PM (#3968048)
In my air-conditioned house, I'm a bit selective about my beer, but only a bit. An MGD will usually do me just fine, and I've even found MGD Light to be drinkable.

Out in the hot sun, I'll drink almost anything. Hell, at Wrigley I drink Old Style and love it.

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