Pitcher High Cocaine
February 10, 2012 by staff
Pitcher High Cocaine, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd was on the Red Sox team that lost to the Mets in the 1986 World Series.
Maybe he was on the wrong team. Boyd said yesterday that during his career, he spent two-thirds of the time on the mound under the influence of cocaine.
“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 told WBZ NewsRadio in Fort Myers, Fla. “If I had went to bed, I would have won 150 ballgames in the time span that I played.”
Instead, Boyd finished 78-77, spending most of his career in Boston.
Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, a former Boston Red Sox pitcher, admitted to using cocaine before “two-thirds” of his pitching appearances.
“I feel like my career was cut short for a lot of reasons, but I wasn’t doing anything that hundreds of ball players weren’t doing at the time,” Boyd said. “Because that’s how I learned it.”
Boyd won a career-high 16 games in 1986 for the Red Sox and lost Game 3 of the World Series that year to a Mets team with more than a few players who admitted to having drug problems.
The 52-year-old, who got his nickname by drinking beer — “oil cans” in his native Mississippi — added he pitched under the influence wherever he played.
“Oh yeah, at every ballpark.” said Boyd, adding never had to take a drug test. “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.”
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