Former Red Sox Pitcher Admits To Cocaine Use for Majority of Career


The Boston Globe – Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, who pitched eight seasons for the Boston Red Sox, admitted he was under the influence of cocaine two-thirds of the time he was on the mound, and probably pitched under the influence of cocaine “at every ballpark” during his 10-year career. […] “Some of the best games I’ve ever, ever pitched in the major leagues I stayed up all night; I’d say two-thirds of them,” Boyd said to WBZ radio. “If I had went to bed, I would have won 150 ballgames in the time span that I played. I feel like my career was cut short for a lot of reasons, but I wasn’t doing anything that hundreds of ballplayers weren’t doing at the time; because that’s how I learned it. While drug testing is a huge issue in the sport today, Boyd says back in the 80’s he was free to use any chemicals he wanted. “I never had a drug test as long as I played baseball,” he said. “I was told that, yeah, if you don’t stop doing this we’re going to put you into rehab, and I told them … ‘I’m going to do what I have to do, I have to win ballgames. We’ll talk about that in the offseason, right now I have to win ballgames.'” Boyd believes despite his 10 seasons in the Major Leagues, he could have played longer had he not been the victim of racism.

Should The Sports Reporter be surprised that a cocaine addict pitched for the Boston Red Sox? Nah, sounds fitting. Their players now just go around boozing it up pre, during and post game. Its the norm for this area. What does surprise me is the nonchalant attitude Oil Can exudes. Saying some of his best games involved him coked out of this mind. Hundreds of players were doing it. Its how we learned. He could only win if he was doing coke. Or his belief that his Major League career was shut down due to racism. Everyone of those excuses are just that, excuses. Story of a drug addict. Believing the drug makes them better, that its not hurting anyone else, and that its not the drugs fault their life is faltering- thats the cause of another underlying problem.

Face it Oil Can, you’re a coke head. Your career was shut down due to the coke, not racism. The league is filled with minorities. Baseball is more than 60-70% minorities. There was no, and is no, racism towards you. You sound like the baseball version of Charlie Sheen. Im guessing Sheen’s character, Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, was developed around your life.

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