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.

Comments (10)

  1. Am I understanding this correctly? Did Boyd say that he didn’t get the empathy and sympathy that Strawberry, Gooden and Howe received because he is black? He is aware that two of those three guys are also black, right?

  2. I thought this was common knowledge, just by looking at him.

    But, this was baseball in the 1970s and 1980s. Brett Lawrie signing his approval to a bulbous ‘Yotes fans backside doesn’t look so bad in comparisson.

    Fun fact: “OILCAN” is acceptable in Scrabble.

  3. This is soooo not surprising. Who didn’t do cocaine in the 80s in the MLB?

    • Nolan Ryan didn’t. He was too busy snorting ground up rinocerous and banging Chuck Norris’ girlfiend.

      .True Story.

  4. Yeah I was watching Ken Burns’ baseball documentaries the other day and it touched on the issue of cocaine in baseball. It’s not like he was the only one. Far from it.

    My favourite story is still Tim Raines sliding head first to avoid busting the cocaine vials in his pockets and sometimes taking bumps between innings. And he should probably be in the Hall of Fame for crying out loud!

  5. I loved Oil Can on the Expos. They managed to put a rotation together by finding Boyd, Pascual Perez and Denis Martinez on the scrap heap. Not exaxtly the most stable rotation in history, but highly entertaining.

  6. Oil Can, the reason you got no love from baseball is because you were a cokehead and you acted like one.

  7. I’m surprise there hasn’t been a PED angle to his admitted drug use, yet.

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