Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 10/12/11

The Globe's Bob Hohler has a doozy of a story about your 2011 Boston Red Sox. Aside from outing Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz as beer-drinking, chicken and biscuit-eating, video game-playing quitters, Hohler dropped a bombshell about Terry Francona:

Team sources also expressed concern that Francona’s performance may have been affected by his use of pain medication, which he also vehemently denied. Francona said he has taken pain medicine for many years, particularly after multiple knee surgeries. He said he used painkillers after knee surgery last October and used them during the season to relieve the discomfort of doctors draining blood from his knee at least five times.

Francona acknowledged that he consulted the team’s internist, Dr. Larry Ronan, during spring training after one of his children expressed concern about a pill bottle in his hotel room. Francona said the doctor told him he did not have a drug abuse problem. Ronan could not be reached.

“I went and saw the proper people and it was not an issue,’’ Francona said. “It never became an issue, and anybody who knew what was going on knows that.’’

Wow. Nothing like kicking a guy square in the nuts as he leaves town.

I'll go out on a limb and say "team sources" are named Henry, Lucchino and Werner. It's Red Sox PR 101. They smear guys before they hit the turnpike. Remember all the gossip that surface about Nomar?

It's just a matter of time before we learn about Theo's fetish with salami.

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