Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd's new book was written to offend, ruffle feathers and call attention to itself. It was written to capitalize on the messes Boyd made in the 1980s as a Red Sox pitcher -- most notably his pregame drug use.
In the course of writing the book, Boyd also managed to squeeze in accusations that Wade Boggs was a racist.
According to the book, Boggs, Boyd's teammate in Boston, often used racial slurs around the Red Sox clubhouse.
Boggs responded on WEEI this morning to vehemently deny Boyd's claims.
Absolutely, positively, 100 million percent, I am not a racist, I am not a bigot, Boggs said. 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.
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.