According to the “two veteran clubhouse insiders” who were interviewed by The Daily News, many MLB players — including members of the prestigious New York Yankees — would knock a few pops back during games.
“Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens would routinely drink beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees, passing back and forth what Giambi called his ‘protein shake’ — code for a cup of beer,” reporters Teri Thompson and Michael O’Keeffe wrote on Thursday.
“Rally beers are big in the clubhouse,” one insider told them. “Guys would drink them all the time, on the bench, in the clubhouse, in the training room. It’s common.”
Another report indicates that a former Red Sox and Yankee, Jose Canseco, reportedly drank a can of light beer before each home run during at least one of his two three-home run games. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Canseco bagged his first three-homer game against the Blue Jays on July 3, 1994. He did the feat again on June 13, 1998 when his Rangers beat the Mariners, 17-9.
One of The Daily News’ sources even calls out the Mets for being boozed up during ballgames.
“Guys would go into the clubhouse, pour beer in Gatorade cups and return to the dugout,” the source said. “In the old days, the beer distributors would leave beer for the players. We’d have three or four cases in the clubhouse at any one time.” NESN.com
This might be the most over stated comment on the planet, but being a professional athlete must be incredible. I could care less that the Red Sox drank on the bench or that the Yankess used to drink on the bench. It doesn’t matter at all. Because these guys are living the most insane lives anyone could dream about. Imagine playing a SPORT that you are so good at that people are forced to pay you ludicrous amounts of money. On top of that, women throw themselves at you (top physical shape by the way) and your bank account and all you have to do is sleep with them. Then while playing your respective sport, people from within your clubhouse are feeding you beers because they want you to remain buzzed in your fantastic life. Honestly, I don’t think there would be anything better. Well done Giambi and Clemens, freakin’ well done.