Valentine: Beer rule doesn't apply to road clubhouses

Valentine: Beer rule doesn't apply to road clubhouses

CLEVELAND -- Manager Bobby Valentine confirmed that his players weren't breaking any rules by drinking beer in the clubhouse following Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Indians. The issue came up because of a Comcast SportsNet column that said injured starter John Lackey was breaking a team rule by "double-fisting" beer after the game.

Valentine implemented a rule before the season that prohibited players from drinking alcohol at the ballpark after home games. The ban, however, does not apply on the road.

When asked about the report, Valentine had a little fun with the issue.

"That's beer right there," he said, pointing at a cooler in his office. "If you would have come in here [last night], you would have seen a pretty heaping pile of empty beer bottles by the time I left here. And I dare say there were a whole bunch of games this year at home when I would have liked to have made a big pile."