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Maddon to allow beer: 'We're not Sox'

A day after new manager Bobby Valentine announced alcohol would not be allowed in the Red Sox clubhouse, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he would continue to allow adult beverages in his clubhouse, seemingly taking a shot at the Sox in the process.

"We're not the Boston Red Sox," Maddon said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"I've said it a hundred times. For me at the end of the day, I'd much prefer our players making good decisions, and if you're of legal age, and the game is over, and you've sweated and lost a bunch of pounds and you want to sit down and have a beer, I see nothing wrong with that," Maddon said, according to the Times.

Consumption of beer (and take-out fried chicken) by starting pitchers during games in which they weren't appearing became a lightning rod of controversy after last season's September collapse (in case you hadn't heard).

The Sox became the 19th (of 30) major league teams to ban alcohol from the clubhouse.