Former Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd has revealed in a recent interview that he used cocaine for a significant amount of his career.
While talking to WBZ’s Jon Miller Wednesday afternoon, Boyd admitted that he was under the influence of the drug for more than two-thirds of his starts.
“Oh yeah, at every ballpark,” Boyd said. “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.”
Boyd also spoke about how his lifestyle stopped him from reaching his potential.
“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 ballplayers weren’t doing at the time; because that’s how I learned it.”
Boyd said he was never tested for cocaine use.