Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd is peddling a new book in which he claims he used cocaine 2/3rds of the time he pitched for the Red Sox in the mid-80s.
Okay, he wasn't the only one using cocaine back then.
While it probably was a main reason for his career ending prematurely, he blames another reason. His race. In the book he says because he is black and outspoken he didn't get the empathy and sympathy that others who had cocaine issues did.
Nobody forced him to use cocaine. And while he was usually a pretty good quote, outspoken if you will, he was also, by many indications, a crappy teammate. When you tick people off all the time and you are unreliable, as soon as you can't pitch anymore then you will be shown the door. It happens in baseball and all walks of life.
John is a great salesman but he's a jerk. Well, he'll be employed until the day his sales slack off. Then he gets cut loose.
Oil Can can pitch even though he's a pain in the ass. Well, he can't pitch anymore? Goodbye Oil Can and don't let the door hit you on the way out. That's the way it works.
Also, by pitching all those games under the influence of cocaine, he ripped off everyone who bought a ticket to see him play.
I have no interest in reading a book on Oil Can Boyd.