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Oil Can Boyd admits that he was on cocaine in two-thirds of his games

Feb 9, 2012, 7:05 AM EDT

Oil Can Boyd

Former Red Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd has a tell-all book coming out and yesterday he told all — he really told all — to WBZ radio’s Jon Miller in an interview. Specifically: he said that he was on cocaine two-thirds of the time he was on the mound during his career:

“Oh yeah, at every ballpark. There wasn’t one ballpark that I probably didn’t stay up all night, until four or five in the morning, and the same thing is still in your system … 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. 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.”

Boyd isn’t exactly peddling a redemption story here. While, yes, he admits that he could have doubled his win total if he wasn’t on blow all the time, he says that he has no regrets about anything he said or did. It just happened and that’s life, basically.  Teammates like Dwight Evans and Bill Buckner reached out to him, but he never went to rehab because he felt he needed to stay with the team. Baseball, he said, never gave him a single drug test.

Oh, and he thinks that he had his career cut short and was blackballed from baseball because he’s black and was outspoken:

“The reason I caught the deep end to it is because I’m black. The bottom line is the game carries a lot of bigotry, and that was an easy way for them to do it. If I wasn’t outspoken and a so-called ‘proud black man,’ maybe I would have gotten the empathy and sympathy like other ballplayers got that I didn’t get; like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Steve Howe. I can name 50 people that got third and fourth chances all because they weren’t outspoken black individuals.’’

Hard to judge that part of it. While he was still effective enough a pitcher in the final couple of years of his major league career, it’s quite possible given how much of an open secret he implies that his drug use was that the league viewed him as a huge risk.

Indeed, while he name-checks Strawberry and Gooden, there are two facts beyond their relative lack of “outspokenness” that makes them different cases than Boyd: (1) they at least attempted rehab on multiple occasions; and (2) to put it bluntly, they were way better players who were worth the greater risk.  Right or wrong, it’s totally understandable for a team to sign a drug addict who could win an MVP or Cy Young award if clean — especially if they have at least tried rehab — than it is to take a chance on an unrepentant mid-rotation guy like Boyd.

Whatever the case, Boyd was always interesting as a player. And it sounds like he has written a really interesting autobiography. As a rule,  the “this is what happened” books by the less-famous are always way better than the “this is why I was great” books by the superstars.  This sounds like no exception.

  1. phillyphreak - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Woah woah woah woah woah. Slow down. Steroids weren’t the only drugs baseball players used? Mind blown….

    • marshmallowsnake - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Blown…nice choice of wording there.

  2. arrooo - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Another idiot using race as an excuse. Pathetic.

    • lostsok - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      Walk a mile in his shoes…then get back to us.

      • havlicekstoletheball - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        Boyd’s average salary was about $650,000.

        His shoes were a lot nicer than mine.

    • skeleteeth - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      Shutup.

    • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      This here is the new black (pun intended): white people (yeah I said it) who see race brought up by a non-white person and immediatlely pounce and claim it as a invalid argument or “excuse” (although often stated less eloquently). Yeah, I’ve seen the race card played many times in situations that it clearly was uncalled for and it aggravates me. That said, if you think race wasn’t an issue when this guy played, or if you think white people treat black people, then and now, who are “outspoken” (white people’s term btw) the same as those who aren’t, or if you think he was not scrutinized more than the white coke-addicted players, then you sir are such an idiot of mind-boggling proportions with no sense of how race relations werethen, now, or ever, that I truly pity you. That’s what I would call pathetic.

      • skeleteeth - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Look at all these offended whities….

      • drunkenhooliganism - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        all one of them

      • skeleteeth - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        I’m talking about the thumbs-downers that think they aren’t racist.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        c’mon there’s gotta be way more than six out there…

      • havlicekstoletheball - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        So he attributes his running coke habit to being “an outspoken black”, even though he had teammates who saw the problem and reached out to him?

        The man had a God-given talent that he pissed away by sucking powder up his nose, he made more money in an average year than most people make in twenty, and the cause of his troubles is RACISM?

        Peddle it someplace else.

        I will say, stupid as Oil Can is, that Roger Clemens makes him sound like Stephen Hawking.

      • yettyskills - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Oh Skeleteeth is just upset that “Whities” controls the banana market

        Please prove me right and ban me while allowing Skeleteeth to use the same slurs without consequences.

    • florida727 - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      Agreed. Every time a “person of color” is too stupid to act the way normal human beings act, it’s because of the color of his skin. How about maybe it’s simply because you’re an idiot, Can?

      • havlicekstoletheball - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Oil Can admitting a coke habit surprises nobody who watched him play. But he wasn’t the only one. And weird as he was, he at least didn’t seem like an a**hole, like Clemens and Boggs and Armas and Greenwell.

  3. ep2404 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    @ arrooo the idiot is the white man that don’t see racism.

    • jyoung1891 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:45 AM

      Yeah, you’re right. Racism does suck. So does sexism. I’ve experienced them both. Now that I’m getting older, I experience ageism too. And I am a white (old) man.

      So what is your point?

      • Gobias Industries - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        Um…what’s yours?

      • kopy - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

        White men can be the victim of racism and sexism, just like anybody else. At least that’s what I took out of it.

      • CJ - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        dude just shut up. what’d someone call you “cracker” once and hurt your feelings?

        You’ll never understand and don’t pretend to.

        Signed,

        ‘Cracker’ with a clue

      • lyon810 - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        you must have been truly a pain in the ass to work with: The guy who gets offended by everything.

      • JBerardi - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        “White men can be the victim of racism and sexism, just like anybody else. At least that’s what I took out of it.”

        You’re right, racism really isn’t a racial issue. Wait, what?

      • skeleteeth - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        Yes, you poor, poor, marginalized aging white man. It must be so hard settling into mediocrity. So much so that you can now equate your plight with that of African-Americans and women. And now, it is in your best interests to get a prostate exam! Man, that must really be a downer.

    • florida727 - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Sorry, but yeah, white men DO experience racism/sexism. I used to do television work. (Like the old joke goes, I have a face for radio.) Sounds self-serving, sorry, but I happen to have a pretty good voice and am very well-spoken. I was flat-out told by one television exec, for what would have been a VERY lucrative position, that “if you were a black female, I’d hire you right now”. So, yeah, white males aren’t exempt. But you know what? I moved on. Got something I liked even better. Why? Because unlike Boyd, I didn’t pass my misfortune off on the (WHITE) color of MY skin and use that as an excuse to accomplish nothing… which is what “Can” has done since leaving baseball. Good luck with the book, Boyd. Both people that read it will probably enjoy it.

    • scout144 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      idiot is the black man that don’t see racism

  4. skeleteeth - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Noooo! You don’t say? They must have been keeping all the good stuff from his battery mate, Rich Gedman though.

  5. heynerdlinger - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    It’s probably fair to say that Boyd isn’t talking about players who were potential MVP or Cy Young winners when he talks about getting third and fourth chances. He name-drops Strawberry and Gooden, but neither of those guys were going to put up huge numbers when they played those final seasons with the Yankees, Indians, and Astros.

    I’m not saying it was racism. There are a lot of other reasons why Oil Can might have been passed over. As Craig points out, those guys at least attempted rehab. But let’s not pretend that Gooden, Strawberry, or Howe were going to contend for the MVP either.

  6. Norm B - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    First he says it was cuz he was black, then he gives examples of black guys given 2, 3, 4th chances, and says it was because they weren’t outspoken black guys. Shouldn’t “black” cancel out or something?

    • paperlions - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      This.

      If Boyd can point out some outspoken non-black guys that everyone knew had a coke problem that kept getting chances, he may have a point. But pointing out guys whose only variable in common was race (as those listed had gone into rehab and were not, apparently out spoken), doesn’t prove anything. Love how he assumes it wasn’t his coke problem though.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        His point remains. Yes, his argument is not perfect by any means, but there’s truth in there and it pretty obvious from my point-of-view.

        And no offense to you b/c you didn’t coin the term nor make first use of it here (Oil Can did), but this whole thing about “outspokenness” is so sad. Have you ever heard of the outspoken white man or asian? It clearly screams out that “hey! the black man is speaking when he shouldn’t be allowed to! wow! he’s so outspoken!” F@ck that noise. That shit should be dead by now along with “articulate”.

      • paperlions - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        Gee, I don’t know….outspoken white guys….hmmm….Jeremy Shockey comes to mind. AJ Pierzinsky, a bunch of NASCAR guys are described that way (all white guys), Luke Scott, Logan Morrison, Carson Palmer, Tony Rasmus :-)….I’m sure there are plenty of others.

        Honestly, I don’t even know that being outspoken is considered a bad trait….unless a person is always saying stupid shit, which is different. I feel like you might have a bit of confirmation bias going on.

      • fearlessleader - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        El Bravo is right on this one. Those words mean very, very different things when used as insults against minorities.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Different connotation than any of those examples you use. I’m pretty sure none of those dudes are routinely called outspoken, that’s just a trait of theirs of which you are pointing out. It’s the routine use of it directed toward black folks that has been around before even the civil rights movement. Same with “articulate,” which was thrown around a lot when Obama was campaigning and caused a mild uproar. Oil Can touches on this discrepency by trying, not so eloquently, to explain how some black players were treated differently than he was. It’s entirely different than what you just wrote.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        I just read this article about Rodney Harrison calling out Gronkowski for partying right after their SB loss. Read closely.

        http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/msn/rodney_harrison_rips_rob_gronkowski_for_post_super_bowl_partying_says_tight_end_disrespected_himself/9834622

      • paperlions - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        First, he obviously is outspoken. There are hundreds of former Patriots , thousands of former football players, and hundreds of print/radio/TV analysts….and only one thought it was worth while to speak out about Gronkowski.

        Second, I still don’t see how that is necessarily a derogatory or negative term. I’m sure 85 is called outspoken, and most people love that about him. James Harrison is outspoken, but it is the dumb shit he says that is a problem, not that he comments publicly.

        Third, every single white guy I listed above can be found being called “outspoken” and usually in a negative context.

        Fourth, it is the assumption that calling a black guy that talks a lot to the press “outspoken” is racist and derogatory that I am challenging; and have not seen evidence for…there are plenty of players/celebrities of all colors that comment publicly that are described as outspoken…it seems that the quality of the comments has more to do with perceptions that the quantity of the comments or the race of the speaker.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Paper, I agree it’s not that black and white (more purposeful punage)….seriously, I didn’t link that article b/c I really believe the use was derogatory in any way toward Harrison. I’d have to know the author of that article to get an understanding of the context in which he/she wrote that sentence. That said, I’m not convinced the choice of words was an accident either. All I’m going to say further on the subject is that I truly believe there is without a doubt a entirely different, and negative, connotation used when applying “outspoken” and “articulate” to blacks. Both words have a history proving this much. Nowadays, both are used often and clearly aren’t derogatory in their own right, but context and intent mean everything.

        Now, I do know one thing, Luke Scott was definitely called a douchenozzle at least once.

        Finally, for all further commentary on this article, Oil Can, or his book, I will direct everyone to Cur’s comment below b/c that’s what I meant to say…

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Bravo: Articulate is a wonderful word. You do realize their are racist black people, racist Mexicans, racist Italians AND racist white people don’t you? I know several hilljack racist white people who you can barely understand (if at all). These people are not articulate. I know several ghetto-fied racist black people who you can barely understand (if at all). These people are not articulate. When people routinely use race as a crutch it has a tendency to fall on deaf ears. Further, it perpetuates a “whao’s me” attitude. It will always boggle my mind that people seem to think the only racism in our society involves white vs. black.
        It’s laughable. It happens all the time to people who frequently associate in places predominantly populated by another race. Hell…it happened to me during the Super Bowl. The person (of a different race) talked around, above and through me.
        He simply would not address me…or my questions.
        My solution: I continued raising my voice until the dude couldn’t think straight.
        I can be incredibly loud. My buddies noticed what was happening and started walking away while laughing their asses off. Ultimately, the punk ass answered my questions and I thanked him for his incredibly important time. You do NOT have to be black to experience racism. To think otherwise is incredibly ignorant.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        @stlouis, forgive me for putting words in El Bravo’s mouth, but this is essentially what he’s saying. Take it away Chris Rock (note volume is a bit loud, so use headphones please)

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        StLouis, I respect your commentary, although disagree with it often. This comment, on the other hand, is so tangential to my point that clearly you can’t understand what I’m getting at. Calling ME out on making everything black vs. white is so far off base that you might as well be on a football field (get it?). You don’t know me in real life or else you’d laugh at yourself. That’s all I’m gonna say there b/c you literally have no clue what I’m getting at and decided instead that you needed to ride a high horse of off-topicness. Yes, I realize there are racists of every color, I promise. Much much more than you ever will, that I also promise.

  7. patg1041 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Quick! Somone annoint this man a hero.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Church: Thank you for the link. Please know I understand the premise of which Bravo is speaking. With that in mind…did you even read my post? I mean the entire post. I state that because I am fully aware of how long it was.
      My point is/was…I have often used the word(s) articulate, well spoken, intellingent, etc… when referencing “people.” I use the word “people” as an illustration of everyone. No different than the white racist hilljacks I refered to as not being “articulate.” No different than the racist getto-fied black people i refered to as not being “articulate.” Racism is a mind set. I have a lifelong friend who I routinely spent the night with while growing up. He was once engaged to a white chick and his parents kicked him out of the house and he stayed with me at my Parents house. While his Mother and Father treated me like I was their own…their reaction to his engagement clearly lends itself to a racist mind set. This is just another illustration of racism.
      It isn’t always white vs. black.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        “It isn’t always white vs. black.” I still have no clue why you keep painting me into this corner like I’m pitting on vs. the other. Nonsense.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Bravo:
        In a nutshell…this is why you came across (to ME anyway) as making it solely white vs. black.

        “This here is the new black (pun intended): white people (yeah I said it) who see race brought up by a non-white person and immediatlely pounce and claim it as a invalid argument or “excuse” (although often stated less eloquently).”

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Yes, I completely read your post. And the usage that El Bravo is talking about and what you wrote are two completely different things. Watch that video I posted, it’s exactly what Bravo is referring to.

        Of course there are racists of all colors, and people who speak well and don’t. However, there was a large period of time when [mostly] white affluent people who had undertones of racism would use the world “articulate” or “well spoken” when describing an educated black man/woman thinking it was a complement when it’s veiled racism.

      • skids003 - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        Hey Bravo, I see where you are coming from.. Just a sidenote, I work for a company in the Deep South whose home ofice is up north, and I hear comments all the time about how inarticulate we speak down here. They have even made comments about how our southern accents make us sound slow. But we laugh because we know better!!!

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Church: I watched it. Actually, I have seen it previously. I sincerely meant “thank you” when I stated such. His comparison to a retarded person made me laugh out loud. I fully appreciate where he is coming from. I also understand (in this context only) where Bravo is coming from. Me…I will continue to use the word to describe EVERYONE when I see fit because I am not “an affluent white person who has undertones of racisim.” Meaning…when hilljack white people add a 2nd or 3rd syllable to a 1 syllable word…they are not the most “articulate” person you will communicate and/or correspond with. When a getto-fied racist black person uses words not even accepted as a form of ebonics that person is not the most “articulate” person you will communicate and/or correspond with.
        Please know I do understand your (and Bravo’s) point. There are times when some feel the use of the word “articulate” or “well spoken” or “polished” are complimentary when they are actually quite racist when used in certain contexts.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Again, much respect for your comments and the thought put in to them, Stlouis. I agree with everything you said about it not just being black and white. I hate ignorant sonsofbitches of all colors b/c those are the ones perpetuating most racist sentiments among all races. Unfortunately, ignorant sonsoftbitches are everywhere, never go away and make themselves present at the least opportune times. You know, like a raging case of herpes…

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Bravo: Kudo’s on the use of “off-topicness.” I dig it. It made me laugh. And I am going to try to work it in where possible. The first few times I will give you credit. But once it starts rolling off the tongue all “second-nature like” it’s all mine. LOL!

    • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      @skids003 – I hear you. It must be annoying at the very least though to have stereotype persisting out there that paints your entire region as less intelligent. My other comments here point to my own distaste for views that persist from centuries ago that paint blacks as less intelligent as a group or as a group that should know their place. That’s were ‘articulate’ and ‘outspoken’ come in to play and that’s where those words have some history. Trust me, I laugh it off a lot too in my own personal life, but today I felt like being outspoken….

  8. sandpiperair - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I’m not saying that he didn’t experience racism in some way, but this sounds to me like another professional athlete having trouble admitting, “I just wasn’t good enough.”

  9. havlicekstoletheball - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Wow. “Can” wasn’t going to split the atom to begin with, but coke didn’t do anything for his intellect. He is all over the map. Drug use, white teammates reaching out, him refusing help, black players getting 4 and 5 chances. Oh, and racism. Gotta mention racism. Especially to Jon Miller.

  10. sknut - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    He sounds like a user who decided it wasn’t his fault and that because other guys got second chances he should have and didn’t take any responsibility to get a second chance. Talent always wins and if teams thought he was good enough and the risk was lower than they would have given him a second chance.

    • heynerdlinger - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      He sounds like a guy who feels like those other guys weren’t keepin’ it real.

      http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/780208/

  11. jimbroney - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Quite certain he didn’t” “write” it.

  12. kiwicricket - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Why only two-thirds?

  13. drewzducks - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    I guess we should just refer to him as Coke Can instead.

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Zing!

  14. El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    After some heavier commentary, I’m going back to the lighter side of things and if this article doesn’t tie into this conversation, I don’t know what does:

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/alarming-study-finds-more-than-12-instances-of-rac,27310/

  15. AlohaMrHand - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I can relate
    Signed
    Doc Ellis

  16. palinurus10 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    From Oil Can to the Beer Guzzling Trio of last season, I see the Red Sox have quite a pedigree of players playing while under the influence. What an organization of hoboes.

    • Jack Marshall - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Now we know why the Can was “unavailable” to relieve for the Sox instead of Al “Ugh” Nipper in Game #7 of ’86. No regrets, eh? What an asshole. I will never watch “Field of Dreams” again.

    • Jack Marshall - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      Smear. Nobody’s claimed that any of the beer and chicken club last season was pitching while they were oiled up. Making a connection between one addled addict from the 80’s and players three decades later is beyond unfair. It’s stupid.

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      bozos4all…is that you?

      Don’t be an idiot…every team has had its share of shady characters.

      Should the Yankees be judged based on having had Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry and Steve Howe on its ’90s rosters at various times?

  17. SmackSaw - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The brother knows how to promote himself. Who even cared about what Dennis Boyd says until today? He’s gonna sell some books.

  18. Mark Armour - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I liked Boyd as a pitcher–he kept the ball moving, and he was animated on the mound. He did leave the team twice when he was not selected to the All-Star team (he was a decent candidate both times). In 1986, in the heat of the pennant race, he left the team, then was asked by the club to see medical professionals to get checked out for mental issues. In all of these cases he claimed racism. It might have, I don’t know. He seemed personally popular with the fans and his teammates, though eventually the drama got a bit old.

    It seemed to this eye that he stopped receiving chances at about the time he was no longer a good pitcher.

  19. cjh88 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I am shocked, appalled really, at the ratio of thumbs up/thumbs down on some of these posts, many of which are overtly racist. People are more than willing to “like” a racist post while at the same time criticizing a player for stating that racism may have played a role in the end of his career. Sadly, those who “like” this post probably don’t see his or her own hypocrisy, claiming that Boyd’s statement that racism effected his career is a false argument, while at the same time practicing the same ingrained and anonymous racism that impacts tens of millions of people every day.

    • headbeeguy - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Racism may well have played a role in the end of his career.

      He provides no actual evidence of this, however, which is what most people are reacting to.

      • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        I agree with you on that headbeeguy. He is lacking evidence. It doesn’t change the fact the some of the reactions above are absurd and mildly offensive in their own right. It doesn’t change the fact that he may be speaking some truth too, just not explaining it well. What’s funny is that I read the article this morning elsewhere, then read this post and fully expected at least a few comments along these lines. It’s funny b/c it’s so predictable to me.

  20. jwbiii - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    I used to work with a guy who played ball with him in college. He said Boyd would be good but wouldn’t last long. Then he would pinch his nose and wink.

  21. cur68 - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    OCB on the blow, eh? Jeez, who knew? *rolls eyes*. I’d have a lot more sympathy for his racism arguments were it not for that. I always liked watching the guy pitch: great wind up, lots show, and you never quite knew what was coming out of his hand. But this business of never seeking counseling or just acknowledging that his drug habits had as much to do with his mediocre his career as any racism (which might very well have been there, but when you confirm people’s biases so obviously, WTF do you expect?) sure undermines any other feelings of admiration I might have had for him.

    For anyone who considers Josh Hamilton somehow weak for not being able to cope on his own, actively seeking help, publicly dealing with his transgressions, and doing his best to shore himself up, Oil Can Boyd is the epitome of what “weak” looks like. Hell, though they were often unsuccessful in their attempts to stay clean, Gooden & Strawberry also are head and shoulders above Boyd. I’ll take trying to get better over sitting around blaming others any day.

    All that being said, just because he, OCB, was a coke head & seemingly blind to how that affected people’s perceptions of him DOESN’T mean he’s necessarily wrong about racism being a big part of what affected his career. It just means you might not be able to put as much faith in what he says due to the well known paranoia that comes with all that blow.

    He’ll sell a lot of books, but shit, I wish he’d thrown a lot more strikes and done a lot less coke instead.

    • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Well said, Cur. A lot a truth in what you speak. I also like how you said you wish he had “done a lot less coke” as opposed to not doing any at all. I mean c’mon it was the 70/80s, so you gotta cut everyone from that era a little slack right?? :)

    • drunkenhooliganism - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      I remember being about 12 years old when Oil Can was a good pitcher. I knew that dude was on something then. I also thought he was awesome (because he was interesting, not because he was high).

      Also, we’re only getting a couple paragraphs from the book, so he may own his problems at another point, but that’s not gonna get the attention the blurbs we saw will get.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Well stated Cur. I have come to expect it from you. We (and I mean everyone)…need to stop confirming biases. Playing into the stereotype if you will.
      Once that subsides…the ball is in motion. And for the record…I absolutely loved watching Oil Can pitch. Big fan.

  22. rooney24 - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    So, the guy admits to being coked up for 2/3 of his starts. He admits should have been a better performer in games. He pretty much says he didn’t care, and sounds like he wouldn’t change it if he could go back. And, he thinks those are not the reasons that he wasn’t signed late in his career?

    It may be possible that race played into some situations where he wasn’t signed. But, I have to believe that teams knew his history, or had at least heard rumors. That leads me to believe race was not a top consideration. As the guy ages, why would some team sign him, given all of his baggage, when you can sign a younger player without that baggage? It is one thing to put up with his BS if he is a top of the order starter. You would not put up with it for a back end starter or long reliever.

  23. Truckin' - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    The only Can the Red Sox pitchers will carrying to the mound this year is a kerosene one when they get lit up by TB and the NYY.

  24. greasebawl - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Looking forward to reading the book. Has anyone here read Between the Lines by Steve Howe or Heat by Dwight Gooden?

  25. humanexcrement - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I’m shocked and offended by this. Boyd is an insult to cocaine.

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