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May 20, 2013

Pedro Martinez Says Red Sox Players Took Shots During 2004 Playoffs

by Jared

The 2004 Red Sox team holds a special place in many Sox fans heart. That was the team that came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Yankees and go on to win the teams first championship in 86 years.

Everyone has been made very aware of just how lose the clubhouse was under Terry Francona. From chicken and beer to Manny Ramirez, anything was possible.

Now according to a story via Amanda Rykoff of Sports on Earth, Martinez says that the players went as far as to take shots during the playoffs, starting in the series against the Yankees when they were facing elimination.

“We took a shot of Mama Juana every single game, before the game,” Martinez said in an interview conducted in the dugout of the AL legends team, for whom Martinez pitched in Saturday’s exhibition game. “We call it Mama Juana — it’s made of roots, with latin rum.”

Martinez said that Ellis Burks, a player who wasn’t even on the playoff roster started the pre-game ritual before Game 4 and once they started winning, there was no way they were going to stop.

“Everybody took a little bit from the top of the shot after we won the first game,” Martinez said. “Somebody did it before the game — it was Ellis Burks who wasn’t on the roster at the time who took the first shot. And then Millar jumped in. And then Johnny Damon jumped in. And everybody started jumping in, so we did it as a team unity to actually keep the same tradition going for the team. So we had to do it for the four games we beat the Yankees.

“We started when we were down 3-0,” Martinez continued. “And Ellis decided to taste it to see what it tastes like, then Millar wants to taste it and everybody wants to taste it so we all do it. And the hell with it. And we ended up winning.”

“It wouldn’t get you drunk because it was just a little sip,” Martinez said. “But we did it.”

Nothing surprises me at this point about those Red Sox teams. Terry Francona didn’t really care what they did as long as they played hard. You can’t fault the guy, he did win two championships.


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