Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Mike Napoli had just endured a wild and crazy Easter night game against the Orioles. Faced with the prospect of driving home, only to return early the next day, the trio said to heck with it and just had a slumber party at Fenway Park.
We can only hope the team ordered pizza and watched marathon sessions of Super Contra.
NESN's Ricky Doyle reports the trio decided to stay the night following a come-from-behind win against Baltimore that ended at 11 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Monday's game, which coincided with the festivities for Patriots' Day, had a 11:05 a.m. start time, so it makes perfect sense that some players would be willing to crash just about anywhere before the early game.
When it comes to Buchholz, the earlier the better, because he was Monday's starting pitcher. According to the results, the Red Sox's sleeping area might not be as comfortable as you would hope.
The 29-year-old pitcher tossed just 2.1 innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits. With a line like that, he may have just went right back to the Red Sox's sleeping quarters.
On news that the three slept the night at Fenway, skipper John Farrell merely stated, via Doyle, "That’s why it’s there. They’re taking advantage of it."
Farrell is referring to a special "sleep room" the Sox had installed recently, something Doyle also wrote about back in September of 2013.
At the time, Red Sox catcher David Ross spoke with WEEI’s Mut & Merloni about the room, via Doyle:
It is nice. With the travel schedule you have here and this market and all the Sunday night games, getaway day-night games, everybody wants to put us on TV and have a big draw. You know we do have some times every once in a while where it’s nice to go in there and get a little hour or so rest — a little nap.
President and CEO Larry Lucchino also discussed the room that was crafted after receiving advice from the team's sleep specialist. Here is what he had to say on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan: "I think the players have made terrific use of it. It’s a soundproof room where guys can come in and get some rest — take a nap."
Sunday's game was a wild one, which included Napoli getting plunked with a pitch on his knee and ending with a rather peculiar walk-off liner from Mike Carp.
MassLive's Jason Mastrodonato has more thoughts on the sleep room, including Buchholz's late decision to use the team's quarters over a trip home:
It must've worked, because Napoli was in the starting lineup after getting drilled in the knee cap late in Sunday's game and spending minutes rolling around on the ground in obvious pain. He finished the game.
Buchholz, Boston's starter for Monday's game, was originally planning on staying at his Beacon Hill home and driving to the park early in the morning. But with roads closed due to the Boston Marathon, he apparently made a last minute decision to sleep at the office.
We aren't about to offer in-depth analysis as to the effect of sleeping at the office or heading home, especially when it comes to professional baseball.
However, there are some mixed results when it comes to Sunday's decision. Buchholz was ousted rather quickly. Still, the majority of the Red Sox had enough in them to mount their second comeback in as many days.
After falling behind 6-0, Boston managed to put four on the board and are, as of this writing, behind just 6-4 in the seventh inning, giving fans hope on a beautiful Patriots' Day.
We don't imagine that means the Red Sox are about to ditch the sleeping area, because sometimes, you just have to forgo the comfort of your own bed for the office.
And when your work has a soundproof area with beds, you take it.
We now imagine there are some starting pitchers and weary sluggers demanding their own clubs put in some comfortable beds that come in handy when the schedule gets to be too much to handle.
The next big fad in baseball may just be bunk beds.
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