No beer in clubhouse
The next big question: “Do you allow beer in the clubhouse?” Most managers, Maddon and Farrell included, would likely lean toward the side of “the players are adults and they can handle it.”
However, beer in the clubhouse is the third rail of Red Sox politics. My general rule on alcohol in any workplace – unless you’re tending bar, working at restaurant or a sales person trying so schmooze a client – is that it doesn’t usually enhance productivity. Baseball players are allegedly athletes and alcohol, beer in particular, tends to slow you down on the field.
As far as alcohol in the clubhouse, it’s fine with me after you clinch a playoff berth, division title, American League pennant or World Series. Until then, my town is a dry town.