Friday, February 10, 2012

Oil Can Boyd Used Coke During Baseball Games


Unless you are a baseball fan, you might not remember Oil Can Boyd, but the former major league pitcher was on a radio show yesterday and admitted that he used cocaine before almost every one of his major league starts and there were a lot of them. He also admitted to using coke during baseball games and that he would often stay up until 3 or 4am before games doing coke because he could not sleep. Umm, if you stay up using coke then of course you would not be able to sleep. He also said that he never took one drug test the entire time he played and that people would tell him he needed to go to rehab but he never listened. In his career he won 78 games and lost 77. That is a bunch of coke.

25 comments:

Worstcompanytoworkfor said...

Wonder if he is broke now?...

What a stupid way to waste money.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

What a poor record. No kidding he was on drugs.

And, honestly, who does coke while they play baseball? That must kill your buzz.

Merlin D. Bear said...

MLB and drugs.
Whoddathunkit?

MadLyb said...

I don't understand all these confessions. Humans do a lot of stupid things, but that doesn't mean everyone wants to know about them. Ah well, just my opinion.

Patty said...

With a nickname like Oil Can, he should have a better record.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

^Really.

Gypsy said...

Check out the animation on YouTube of Doc Ellis' no hitter on LSD. It's a trip! Literally. No condoning it, but neither will I condemn it. It does seem an exceptional tale regardless of your position on drugs.

Audrey said...

This is such old news. My guy is from Boston and he said everyone kind of knew it then.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

How do you pitch a no-no on acid? And how do you not know that you have a game, especially one that you're pitching in?

I mean acid! People jump off bridges on that stuff!

.robert said...

@Patty, "Oil Can" means "Beer Can" where he grew up, apparently he like beer a lot too.

Pattie said...

Makes me wonder how many kilos of coke the two teams playing in the 1986 World Series went through. The Mets had a bunch of notorious cokeheads in their line-up and I know for a fact that the Boston guys could hold their own with the nose candy. *cough*Clemens*cough*

Audrey said...

@ Sue Ellen - I think it's PCP that has the rep for jumping off of roofs. I took a lot of acid in my 20's and one can develop a tolerance for it. Doc Ellis was doing a lot of drugs.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

@Audrey

Oh.

I have no idea about drugs of that caliber. Thanks for letting me know.

Still though, I'm shocked.

hunter said...

love the part about how he would stay up doing coke because he couldn't sleep, that's funny

deity2 said...

I met him a few years ago......he and some other retired Red Sox played a charity softball game against our town firefighters. He looks exactly like he looks in this picture...he also played well, and signed a ton of autographs for the kids.......

nolachickee said...

He looks like a crackhead. Why would he admit this now? "Hey everyone, I pissed away the chance of having a great career and took up the position that someone more deserving and not on drugs could have had." What a dick.

Momster said...

Wonder if he'll get an asterisk next to his name? :)

hairydawg said...

It was the 80's. And 78 wins is a good record!

i said...

He speaks from a world born from the greenies and other substances near to the same effect. I wasn't shocked, because, it only makes sense. Keith Hernandez was an out growth from those white knight nose days. Oil Can was one hell of a pitcher, and it's a sad testament to the talent he wasted being wasted. I still dig him.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

78-77 is a poor record. I wouldn't be pumped if I was one win over 500 for my career.

libby said...

Baseball stats are a little funky. His team can be atrocious on offense, but the pitcher who played the most innings or gave up the most hits (or the only hit or deciding hit)is given the 'loss'.

Similarly, pitchers on a team with terrific hitters can have great stats, as long as their team wins. Even if that pitcher gives up TONS of hits.

But a pitcher can also get wins by simply being a great pitcher and having an amazing number of strike-outs.

So it's not really the numbers, it's how they came about in each game. You kind of had to be there to see how good or great a pitcher is or was.

30whatsnext said...

Cocaine is a hell of a a drug!!

Snakeoiler said...

OMG! Oil Can Boyd used drugs during games?!?

Of course he did. This qualifies as news, how?

selenakyle said...

I might recall reading that Babe Ruth also used during games. I know I read he'd eat like a dozen hot dogs and swig beers while playing. Ahh, the good ol', bad ol' days...

mbagrrrl said...

I always thought he was really skinny. Now I know why!

He actually was an OK pitcher for a while until he got older. The coke prolly didn't help.