Talking Points: Red Sox go dry

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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There will be no drinking in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse this season.

The team will ban alcohol in the clubhouse and on the last plane flight of road trips, new manager Bobby Valentine announced on Saturday.

The move comes in the wake of last season’s September collapse in the AL East, a tailspin that included reports of Boston starting pitchers drinking beer in the clubhouse on their off-days rather than supporting their teammates in the dugout.

“It’s just what I’ve always done, except for when I was in Texas, I guess,” Valentine said when asked why he banned booze. “I’m comfortable with it that way.”

When asked how the players reacted to the news, Valentine said, “You mean like standing ovation or booing? I didn’t get either of those.”

Veteran David Ortiz didn’t bat an eye.

“We’re not here to drink. We’re here to play baseball,” the slugger said. “This ain’t no bar. If you want to drink, drink at home.”

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Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson can truly be called an optimist.

Even with the threat of rain for today’s Daytona 500, he’s ready for anything.

“I feel like with the Daytona 500 and the fact that we have lights here and we can run late into the evening, if we do have rain, we will be here getting all the miles in,” he told The Associated Press. “If we don’t get on track at all, I will stay here all week to have a shot at taking that trophy home.”

We are certain NASCAR fans will be there right alongside his trailer for as long as it takes.

We can also hear the broadcasters at Fox groaning already.

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