Joe Maddon was on WEEI and brought some righteous noise with respect to the whole beer in the clubhouse thing.
He correctly noted — as we noted before — that baseball’s interest in potentially banning alcohol in clubhouses is a knee-jerk, P.R.-driven thing, not an idea that anyone thought of beforehand, nor would they. He then goes on to note the hypocrisy of banning beer for players while ballparks sell beers to tens of thousands of fans for six or seven innings a game.
Ultimately he comes down on it where I do: ballplayers are grownups, and they should be treated as such. If there were problems beyond Boston media hysteria or if it was part of a well-though-out plan to change the culture of the clubhouse, sure, but this recent business is a bunch of noise.
Check out his comments in full. As expected, Maddon is straight to the point and makes all kinds of sense here.