May 21, 2013

Pedro: 2004 Team Drank Mama Juana, Not Jack Daniels

Pedro Martinez says that the 2004 Red Sox did not take pre-game nips of Jack Daniels during their historic post-season comback against the Yankees. In the weeks after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, Kevin Millar spilled the beans about the team's whiskey ritual. Martinez now says the team actually shared a Dominican drink called Mama Juana.
Everybody took a little bit from the top of the shot after we won the first game [Game 4]. Somebody did it before the game — it was Ellis Burks who wasn't on the roster at the time who took the first shot. And then Millar jumped in. And then Johnny Damon jumped in. And everybody started jumping in, so we did it as a team unity to actually keep the same tradition going for the team. So we had to do it for the four games we beat the Yankees.

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