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Wade Boggs on Oil Can Boyd: He’s a delusional drug addict

If you are in the business of believing people who admit that they are high on marijuana and possibly cocaine while doing an interview, you may now consider Wade Boggs to be a racist. During an interview with WEEI in Boston earlier this week to promote his new book, “They Call Me Oil Can,” Oil Can Boyd called Boggs a bigot and said he used to use the n-word on a regular basis around the Red Sox clubhouse. Oil Can is also an admitted drug addict, which is why Boggs insists he has no idea what he is talking about.

“Absolutely, positively, 100 million percent, I am not a racist, I am not a bigot,” Boggs said during his own interview with WEEI on Thursday. “You have a delusional drug addict who let not only his family down, but his team, the city of Boston, Red Sox Nation when it counted most. Now he wants the good people of Boston to go out and spend money on this garbage to support his habit. I find that extremely amusing.

“I have never, ever in my history of being alive on this planet, 53 years, never, ever said that in the clubhouse. You can take Jim Rice and Don Baylor and Steve Henderson and everybody, ask them and ask anybody on that team if I ever did. Absolutely not. It infuriates me to have this alleged nonsense brought up, and to be put in print, to ruin my character. It hurts me to the core. … For someone to be labeled one of those words is extreme character assassination.”

Boggs also said that he and Boyd were close friends when they played together, so he has no idea where the accusation comes from. Wade’s wife, Debbie, also jumped on the line to say that she has never once heard her husband or his father — whom Boyd claimed taught Boggs to be racist — use that type of language in public or in private.

In reality, we will never know exactly what was said in the Boston clubhouse 30 years ago. What we do know is that Oil Can hasn’t exactly established himself as the most credible character witness.

Oil Can Boyd calls Wade Boggs a bigot, admits he’s high during interview (Audio)

Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd made an appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan morning show on Friday to discuss his new book, “They Call me Oil Can,” among a host of other topics. The folks at Sports Radio Interviews have transcribed a couple of those quotes for us, but reading what Oil Can had to say in no way compares to listening to the actual interview. If you have 20 minutes or so, the entire thing is worth listening to.

Boyd admitted to the hosts that he still smokes weed and does cocaine. In fact, he even told them that he was high on marijuana during the interview. Toward the end — just before he hung up — Boyd was dropping f-bomb after f-bomb and was so out of control that you have to wonder if he was strung out on coke in addition to having smoked pot. Here is the interview, with some of the more memorable moments transcribed below. The clip contains some very strong language.

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Oil Can Boyd: I’m not thankful to Jackie Robinson for breaking up Negro Leagues

If you were unaware of who Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd was a couple of months ago, you likely learned about him after his revelation that he was under the influence of cocaine for about two-thirds of his Major League starts. Boyd, who pitched 10 seasons in the majors, said he stayed up all night at every ballpark with cocaine pumping through his system. Oil Can touched on that and other topics during his E:60 special that aired on ESPN Tuesday night. He also shared his controversial thoughts about Jackie Robinson.

According to the Boston Globe, Buster Olney asked Boyd what he would say to Robinson if he ever met him in another life. Here’s how the former Red Sox hurler responded:

“Why’d you do this? I don’t really think that Negro League baseball shoulda been broken up. It was — it was individuality … I’m not real thankful to Jackie at all because I’m me – my style of baseball, the way I played it in the major league transpired from the Negro Leagues. So that’s why people found that I was a hot dog or I was flamboyant.”

Obviously, an African-American player openly admitting they are not thankful to Robinson is a very big deal and something we are not accustomed to hearing. Robinson signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers signified the beginning of the end for the Negro Leagues and opened the door for African-American players to play in the Major Leagues. While most believe Robinson helped end another form of institutionalized racism, Boyd apparently feels as though Jackie is responsible for the downfall of a league he loved.

Below is a video of Oil Can talking about how he got into cocaine:

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Oil Can Boyd says he pitched under influence of cocaine most of his starts

Former MLB pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd admitted Wednesday that he was under the influence of cocaine for about two-thirds of his starts.

“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,” Boyd told WBZ. “It’s not like you have time to go do it while in the game, which I had done that.”

Boyd, who pitched 10 seasons in the majors, says he wasn’t doing anything different from many other players. He also believes the excessive coke use and partying hurt his 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,” said Boyd. “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 ball players weren’t doing at the time; because that’s how I learned it.”

Boyd went 78-77 with a 4.04 career ERA. He played for the Red Sox, Expos, and Rangers, and says he only received support from a few teammates.

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