Yesterday afternoon, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd revealed to Jonny Miller in an interview for WBZ News Radio that he would stay up into the wee hours of the morning doing cocaine before important starts. The interview was part of a promotion for Boyd’s new autobiography, “They Call Me Oil Can: My Life in Baseball,” which is scheduled to hit bookstores in June.
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. It’s not like you have time to go do it while in the game, which I had done that. 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 goes on to claim that despite the drug abuse during his playing days he has no regrets.
I lived through my life and I feel good about myself. I have no regrets about what I did or said about anything that I said or did. I’m a stand-up person.
However, instead of blaming his diminishing ability to get guys out, Boyd blames racism for his playing career getting cut short.
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 a ‘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.
Without naming names, Boyd also hints at the wide spread use of drugs during his time in Boston.
Some guys lived it. They knew what you were doing, and the only way they knew was they had to have tried it too.
In addition to the book launch, Boyd will be playing the role of Satchel Paige in the new movie about Jackie Robinson which begins filming in May.
A rolled up hundred dollar bill to Baseball Think Factory for the link to the interview.