Boston’s Valentine Bans Alcohol in Red Sox Clubhouse, on Road Trip Flights

Boston Red Sox players can no longer drink beer in the team’s clubhouse.

Manager Bobby Valentine banned alcohol consumption after it was disclosed last year that starting pitchers drank beer in the clubhouse on days they weren’t pitching. The Red Sox are the 19th of 30 Major League Baseball teams to prohibit alcohol in the clubhouse, MLB.com said.

The Red Sox on Sept. 4 held a nine-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League wild-card playoff spot. They then went 7-20, the worst final-month collapse according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and missed the playoffs on the season’s final day.

Valentine, who was hired Nov. 30, two months after Terry Francona left, also told the team that alcohol is prohibited on team flights at the end of road trips.

Players didn’t openly object to the rules during a meeting at spring training camp in Fort Myers, Florida, he said.

“You mean standing ovation or booing?” Valentine replied when reporters sought the team’s reaction. “I didn’t get either of those. Probably fell somewhere in between a standing O and a standing boo.”

Designated hitter David Ortiz supported Valentine’s decree.

“We’re not here to drink,” Ortiz told reporters. “We’re here to play baseball. It ain’t a bar.”

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