Over the weekend, Bobby Valentine banned beer from the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. And when asked if the Rays would follow suit, Joe Maddon wanted everybody to know that the Rays don’t need policing (from Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com)…
“We’re not the Boston Red Sox…I’ve said it a hundred times…For me at the end of the day, I’d much prefer our players making good decisions, and if you’re of legal age, and the game is over, and you’ve sweated and lost a bunch of pounds and you want to sit down and have a beer, I see nothing wrong with that.”
And needless to say, some Sox fans are not happy with Maddon’s comments.
The move by the new Red Sox manager comes after reports that starting pitchers were drinking during games last season. Many looked at the story as evidence of the lack of discipline or caring that led to the Red Sox’ late-season collapse.