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Jon Lester: Beer 'Not The Reason We Lost'
Jon Lester, speaking for the first time since accusations were brought against him, Josh Beckett and John Lackey that the Boston Red Sox' pitching trio were drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games, admitted that there was drinking during the game, but it wasn't the reason the team fell apart.
"There's a perception out there that we were up there getting hammered and that wasn't the case," Lester told The Globe via telephone from his home in Georgia. "Was it a bad habit? Yes. I should have been on the bench more than I was. But we just played bad baseball as a team in September. We stunk. To be honest, we were doing the same things all season when we had the best record in baseball."

Lester said the drinking was confined to starting pitchers who weren't in the game that day. "It was a ninth-inning rally beer," he said. "We probably ordered chicken from Popeye's like once a month. That happened. But that's not the reason we lost.