The Sox collapse was devastating, and many fans are still looking to point fingers. Tired management? Lack of seriousness among the players? Or perhaps a new, far more sinister and insidiously delicious culprit: fried chicken! Could it be true? Could greasy poultry be to blame for the Sox' massive failures? Maybe so!
CBS shares the gory details of the Red Sox demise this morning: Beer! Video games! Copious amounts of bad food! Citing the Globe's story on the subject, CBS laments that "the team's top three starters, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey, settled into a routine of swilling brew, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse rather than support their struggling teammates in the dugout."
Fried chicken does have the capacity to turn grown men into beasts, 'tis true. But surely a highly compensated athlete should be able to resist such temptation? Not true.
Says the Globe: "Drinking beer in the Sox clubhouse is permissible. So is ordering take-out chicken and biscuits. Playing video games on one of the clubhouse’s flat-screen televisions is OK, too. But for the Sox pitching trio to do all three during games, rather than show solidarity with their teammates in the dugout, violated an unwritten rule that players support each other, especially in times of crisis."
We're going to send Terry Francona a big bucket of KFC. He could use it.
Inside the Collapse [Globe]