Chicken & beer out, cots & naps in

The Boston Red Sox install sleep room in Fenway Park clubhouse; player say it contributes to them winning playoff spot, leading AL East as no more beer and fried chicken during games.

In October 2011, the Boston front office cleaned house after a season out of control, players reportedly spending games drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse.

Less than two years later, the Red Sox Nation is rejoicing in a return to the postseason, its beloved "Idiots" replaced by a groups of guys who owe their success to . . . nap time?

Indeed, some of the Red Sox are attributing at least a measure of the team's success (the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth with Thursday's 3-1 win over the Orioles) to the installation of a sleep room in the offseason.

"It is nice," catcher David Ross said Thursday on Boston radio show Mut & Merloni. "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."

Team president and CEO Larry Lucchino told a different Boston radio show that the room was installed after a recommendation by the team's sleep specialist.

“I think the players have made terrific use of it,” Lucchino said. “It’s a soundproof room where guys can come in and get some rest — take a nap.”

No word if skipper John Farrell uses the Magic Mirror to take roll call:

H/t: NESN

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