Country music singer Kevin Fowler released a music video for his single "Hell Yeah, I Like Beer" back on July 22.
The entire Red Sox starting rotation makes cameos in the video.
Yup...Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Tim Wakefield—all five of them sing their praises to booze.
Fowler's video created a little buzz in Red Sox Nation when it was released.
However, it's really now over two months down the road that Fowler's video is really gaining press and momentum.
"I Like Beer" is getting all of the press it's getting now, of course, with the infamous and now well documented revelation that all of these guys, save Wakefield, routinely retreated to the clubhouse during games in off days to throw back beers, chow down on fried chicken and play video games.
The irony is terrible and also way too easy.
How can any Red Sox journalist resist the urge to reference Fowler's video in any column about the alcohol-aided shortcomings of Boston's starting pitching?
That Lackey and Beckett get the bulk of the screen time among the pitchers just adds fuel to the fire.
It's truly all too perfect.
That said, I, and probably many other Sox fans, do think the beer-chicken-video-games story has become more than a bit overblown.
That said, Lackey, Beckett and Lester going lax on their conditioning probably did contribute to their personal and the team's overall September shortcomings.
Point is, these guys' clubhouse antics is just too good of a story to pass up.
And any good story needs a good name.
A buddy and I have decided to forever call this incident "The Curse of the KFC."