Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester admitted today that he drank beer in the clubhouse during games this season and that, "it was the wrong thing to do." But he was adamant that such behavior was not to blame for the team's September collapse.
"There's a perception out there that we were up there getting hammered and that wasn't the case," Lester told The Globe via telephone from his home in Georgia. "Was it a bad habit? Yes. I should have been on the bench more than I was. But we just played bad baseball as a team in September. We stunk. To be honest, we were doing the same things all season when we had the best record in baseball."
"I love Tito and he did a great job for us when he was here. On a personal level I was more than grateful for what he did for me and my family," Lester said. "But there comes a time when your authority is no longer there. You kind of run your course. People who knew how Tito was and we pushed the envelope with it. We never had rules, we never that that iron-fist mentality. It you screwed up, he called you on it. That was how it worked.
"I never say guys purposely breaking rules or doing the wrong thing in front of him and rubbing it in his face. But this particular team probably needed more structure."
Some interesting stuff in here. About time one of those guys spoke up.
Nice to see him openly admitting that they pushed Tito to see what they could get away with. Very mature for a 27 year old millionaire.
Edit: Sherman has a point.
Joelsherman1 Joel Sherman
Also, Lester says was grateful what Francona did for him/family, but so grateful that at Tito's time need what did he do? #drinkbeer
Edited by Foulkey Reese, 17 October 2011 - 10:52 AM.