Francona: Bad Move By Red Sox Banning Alcohol

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G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona who spent eight seasons in the clubhouse with his players said on Monday that the recent move by Boston to ban alcohol in the clubhouse was not a good move.

“I think it’s a PR move,” Francona said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show. “I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it’s kind of the old rule … If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane — I mean, you serve beer and wine — somebody’s going to sneak liquor on the plane.  If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum.”

On Saturday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced the new policy, saying beer consumption would also be cut off on the last leg of road trips.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it,” Francona said of the alcohol ban. “It’s probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox [took] such a beating at the end of the year.”

Francona managed the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, but watched his team give up a nine-game wild-card lead last September resulting in his firing.

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