Just days after confirming that he and his rotation mates drank “rally beers” in the clubhouse during games, Red Sox ace Jon Lester has denied rumors that their alcoholic consumption extended to the dugout. The allegations, which were the latest bombshell to rock Red Sox Nation, also prompted an investigation and reply by team CEO Larry Lucchino.
Tonight our organization has heard directly from Jon, Josh, John, and former manager Terry Francona. Each has assured us that the allegation that surfaced today about drinking in the dugout during games in 2011 is false, and we accept their statements as honest and factual.” – Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, quoted by ESPNBoston.com
Despite the denials by Lester and Lucchino, the Captain’s Blog has uncovered evidence suggesting the Red Sox may have not only imbibed on the bench, but even taken a sip or two on the field. In the photo presented below, Red Sox third base coach Tim Bogar is clearly seen retrieving several beers from a Fenway Park vendor. After that incident, now former Red Sox manager Terry Francona tried to deflect attention from the incident, half-heartedly joking, “I was just glad Bogie didn’t grab one and start drinking it,” but in light of the recent allegations, that comment no longer seems amusing. Although there is no record of what Bogar actually did with the beers, unnamed sources have revealed that at least a few were eventually used to wash down an “in-game” spread of Popeye’s chicken and biscuits.