Three of the Boston Red Sox's starting pitchers drank beer, ate fast-food fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse in the midst of the team's historic September collapse, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
The report identifies pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey as the main culprits, claiming the three began the practice during games late in the 2010 season and were joined at times by fellow starter Clay Buchholz.
According to the Globe, the trio slacked off on their training regimens as the season wore on, ignoring pleas from strength and conditioning coach Dave Page. Lester, Lackey and Beckett went a combined 2-7 with a 6.45 ERA in September as the Sox went from nine games up in the Wild Card race to missing the playoffs.
Previous reports after the season suggested some Red Sox pitchers had been drinking in the clubhouse during games, but no names were mentioned.
The Globe cited numerous interviews with members of the Red Sox organization, though ...