Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar told Fox Sports that the team took shots of Jack Daniel's whiskey before Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and before all four World Series games.
Millar made the surprising admission on "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Friday, and he also told Boston's Channel 4 about the unusual pregame regimen, ESPN said.
"It was one of those group team things, like shaving our heads last year," Millar told Fox. "What we had was one small Gatorade cup, with a little Jack Daniel's in it. We passed it around and everyone symbolically drank out of the same cup, because we are a team. It wasn't as if guys were drunk. Can you imagine Trot Nixon or Jason Varitek or Mike Timlin actually sipping alcohol before a game? No way."
"First, he never would," Millar told Fox. "Second, this was just between the players. It's not a story about 25 shot glasses, it's one small Gatorade cup that we shared as a symbol. And once we won Game 6, we had to do it before Game 7, just like the lucky coin I had in my pocket every game."
But, on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, outfielder Johnny Damon said the Jack Daniel's story was "nice," but was taken too far.
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