Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd claims he used crack cocaine every day of the Red Sox' pennant-winning 1986 season, including days he pitched, and that the team was aware of it.
"I would come into the ballpark and team physician Dr. Arthur Pappas, who was also one of the minority owners would call me in the back and say, 'How do you feel? Did you do some last night?'," Boyd said in an interview with ESPN's Buster Olney that appeared on the network Tuesday night. "And I was honest with him. 'Yes I did.'
"OK. So that was my drug test, you got me? Ain't nobody made me pee in no cup."
Boyd, who won 16 games that year in helping the Sox reach the World Series, says he went to a crack house near Shea Stadium after being told by manager John McNamara that, because of a rainout, he wouldn't pitch Game 7 against the Mets. He also says he smoked crack in the clubhouse in Oakland before pitching a game against the A's on May 11.
Boyd said he used cocaine throughout his first seasons in the big leagues, but was introduced to crack by a drug dealer during spring training in 1986.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.