Valentine: Banning alcohol not a 'PR move'

Valentine: Banning alcohol not a 'PR move'

Valentine: Banning alcohol not a 'PR move'
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- What does former Red Sox manager Terry Francona think of successor Bobby Valentine's decision to ban alcohol in Boston's clubhouse for the 2012 season?

"I think it's a PR move," Francona said in an interview with ESPN's "Mike and Mike" on Monday morning. "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it's kind of the old rule ... If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane -- I mean, you serve beer and wine -- somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane. If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum.

"I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it. It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox [took] such a beating at the end of the year."

Valentine started to issue a no comment, but he then decided to weigh in.

"You need a comment? My opinion, if it was PR move, you mean? I don't know," Valentine said. "How was it PR? Well, you know, I don't really have a comment on that. It means like 20 teams are looking for PR and that's why they're making good decisions? I don't have a comment on that."

Interestingly, Francona and Valentine have effectively traded jobs since the end of last season. Does Valentine expect awkwardness when Francona broadcasts his first Red Sox game in 2012?

"I don't know. I doubt it," Valentine said. "Remember, you're getting paid over there for saying stuff. You get paid over here for doing stuff. I've done both."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.