FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told players in the team's annual meeting prior to spring training that there will be no drinking in the clubhouse this season, joining the majority of major league teams that don't permit alcohol in their clubhouses.
"The rules are not to embarrass themselves or the team, the community, their teammates," Valentine said. "I don't think that's a new rule. That's a longstanding rule of life. There's no beer in the clubhouse and no beer on the last leg of road trips."
Valentine who managed previously in major league stints with the Rangers and Mets, and in Japan, said this is not really a new policy for him.
"It's just what I've always done, except when I was in Texas," Valentine said. "I'm comfortable with it that way."
Valentine was asked how the new policy was received.
"Standing ovation or booing? I didn't get either of those, right in between," the Red Sox manager laughed. "What would happen if they got traded to St. Louis? Would they refuse the trade? Or New York. Or one of the other 19 teams, or however many teams there are [with a beer ban]. I don't know. I doubt it. I don't know what kind of pushback you could get [from the policy]."
David Ortiz, who spoke to the team as well Saturday morning, said he has no problem with the new policy after what happened last September.
"We're not here to drink," Ortiz said. "We're here to play baseball. You know what I'm saying? This ain't no bar."
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