Today’s unpopular opinion is in regards to whether or not the reports of the Red Sox pitching staff drinking beer, eating fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse are even moderately relevant.
“Simply put, no. It’s not an issue at all. It may be a sign of bad judgement by individual pitchers in regards to taking better care of their bodies, but overall, this story raised by the Boston media is truly, utterly, and completely a non-issue.”
The problem with players is that “company time” isn’t really an easy distinction to make. When is Josh Beckett on company time? Is it only when he’s on the bump? Or is it also when he’s running sprints in right field in Fenway Park? Or is it every single second of the season?
I don’t know a good answer to that. What I do know – or at the very least, believe – is that this is a non-issue, a sort of “kick the Sox while they’re down” story to somehow justify why the team didn’t make the playoffs, why Tito/Theo left, and why fans shouldn’t love the Red Sox as a team. I’m not buying it.