Channel 7: Sox pitchers drank in dugout

Red Sox pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester would drink beer in the dugout during games according to a report by Channel 7.

The story cites two unidentified team employees who witnessed the drinking.

The Globe has confirmed the report via a team source.

According to Channel 7:

On nights when they were not pitching, Beckett, Lester and Lackey would exit the dugout as early as the sixth inning, walk back to the clubhouse, and fill cups with Bud Light beer. They would then return to the dugout with cups of beer and drink while watching the game. It didn’t make a difference whether the Red Sox were winning or losing at the time and the practice became more frequent later in the 2011 season. One Red Sox employee said Beckett, Lester and Lackey appeared “bored on nights they weren’t pitching and this is how they entertained themselves.”

Another Red Sox employee described the routine like this: “Beckett would come down the stairs from the dugout, walking through the corridor to the clubhouse and say ‘it’s about that time’. Becket was the instigator but Lester and Lackey were right behind him.”

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