FORT MYERS, Fla. — Earlier today, on an ESPN radio show, Terry Francona said that Bobby Valentine banned beer in the Red Sox clubhouse for public relations reasons.
"I think it's a PR move," Francona said. "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it's kind of the old rule ... If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane — I mean, you serve beer and wine — somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane. If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum.
"I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it. It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox (took) such a beating at the end of the year."
Valentine was asked about the comment.
"I don't really have a comment on that. That means that 20 teams were looking for PR and that's why they're making good decisions? I don't have a comment on that," Valentine said.
Valentine was referring to the 19 teams in baseball that have banned alcohol in the clubhouse.
"Remember, you're getting paid [at ESPN] for saying stuff. You get paid over here for doing stuff," Valentine said. "I've done both."
Feb. 27 and Francona and Valentine are exchanging shots. It could be an interesting season in that regard.