There's no beer in the clubhouse and no beer during the last leg of plane trips.The rules are fine with David Ortiz:
Q: How did you come to that conclusion?
It's just what I have always done, except for when I was in Texas, I guess. I'm comfortable with it that way.
Q: How was that received?
You mean like standing ovation or booing? [laughs from Valentine and media] I didn't get either of those. There was probably something in between a standing O and standing boos.
We're not here to drink. We're here to play baseball. You know what I'm saying? This ain't no bar. This is an organization, a place that needs a lot of athleticism. Alcohol has nothing to do with that. People have alcohol in their houses. If you want to drink it, drink at home.Oh, I will!
Listen: Forget the injuries to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz, forget Carl Crawford's rotten year and forget getting absolutely no production from right field. Forget the September slide and Tampa Bay's concurrent surge, and fried chicken and cold foamers, forget it all. The Globe knows the real reason why the Red Sox failed to make the playoffs - they passed out ALDS scouting reports during G162's rain delay and angered the karma gods.
Three days after Red Sox owner John Henry claimed that his comments last fall about not wanting to sign Carl Crawford were not actually about Crawford, he apologized to the Sox left fielder for those same comments. Crawford:
When someone is genuinely sorry for something, you can tell. I think he was genuinely sorry for it. I apologized for the season I had. ... I like those kind of meetings where you just kind of clear the air and make everything better. ... He handled it really well and made it really easy for me. It wasn't nothing I had to get off my chest. It wasn't like I hated the guy or nothing like that. ... I think we both share the same goal which is to help the Red Sox win.David Ortiz has lost 17 pounds. ... Matsuzaka, 31, expects to pitch the US until he is 40 years old. ... Lester, Buchholz, Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, and Daniel Bard (using a wind-up for the first time since 2007) have all thrown live batting practice. ... The Red Sox first spring games are next Saturday (March 3) against Boston College and Northeastern University.