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Unassisted
09-10-2007, 03:30 AM
Here is a mind-boggling story I just came across about the beer-consumption exploits of HOFer Wade Boggs.

http://tastybooze.com/2007/04/the-origin-of-boggs/


I heard the legendary story over my car radio as I was heading down I-5 to work about a year ago, listening to Mitch in the Morning on 950 KJR, as usual. For some reason or another, Mitch was gone that day so Steve Sandmeyer was hosting the show, and former Mariners and Yankees pitcher Jeff Nelson was sitting in as his sidekick. Sandmeyer was killing some time by making small talk about baseball and about Nelly’s career and exploits as a major leaguer. The conversation turned to some of the funniest things Nelly had seen in his career when Sandy asked something like “who was the best with the ladies out of everyone you were around in baseball?” Nelson said that it was tough to say for sure, but that he figured it was probably Andre Dawson, the former Expos, Cubs, Red Sox, and Marlins slugger.

The two shared a laugh about the Hawk’s game, and then Sandmeyer stumbled upon the most compelling question ever articulated in an interview: “who would you say drank the most beer out of everyone you ever played with?” The following colloquy sheds some light on one of drinking’s biggest stars and on one of the greatest drinking feats of all time.

Sandy: Who would you say drank the most beer out of everyone you ever played with?

Nelson: Easy, Wade Boggs…..easy

Sandy: (laughing) Really!? Wade Boggs?

Nelson: Oh, yeah, without a doubt. I’ve never seen anyone drink as much beer as he did in my life:

Sandy: (laughing) Get outta here, alright, give me an example, like how much did he drink?

Nelson: Oh, I’d say, on a typical road trip, east coast to west coast [Nelly played with Boggs on the Yankees], say a road game to Seattle……Wade would drink anywhere between 50 and 60 beers.

Sandy: NO WAY!! 50 or 60 beers. That is impossible.

Nelson: No, I know…I know how crazy that sounds, and I wouldn’t believe it myself unless I saw him do it…..numerous times. And he drank nothing but Miller Lite.

Sandy: How in the hell did he have time to drink that many beers. For God’s sake, how many times did he have to go to the bathroom?

Nelson: I’m not kidding you Steve. Seriously. Wade was the kind of guy who was always the first one at the club house. So he’d get to the clubhouse, and he’d bring a six pack with him. He’d be there drinking a beer when someone showed up, and as we were all packing our stuff up out of our lockers and getting our bags ready for the trip, Wade would sit there and drink that whole six pack.

Now, at the time, we were flying out of New Jersey, so it was somewhat of a drive from Yankee stadium to the airport in New Jersey. Wade would drink another couple of beers on the bus to the airport. At the time, we were flying this older airplane, it couldn’t make it across the country without refueling, and it wasn’t the fastest airplane in the sky. So we would stop in North Dakota or something. Wade would drink about a half rack between New Jersey and North Dakota, and it would take about a half-hour to an hour to refuel once we got there, so he’d have a few more beers while we were grounded in North Dakota.

Once we got back up in the air, Wade would drink another 10, 11, 12 beers on the way out to the west coast. The whole flight from coast to coast ususally took us well over 7 hours. We’d touch down at Sea-Tac, hop on the bus headed to the Kingdome, and Wade would have another beer or two on the bus. Then, all of us would get to the Kingdome and unpack our bags and sit around and BS with eachother, and Wade would have a beer in his hand the entire time. He was always one of the last people to leave the club house too. So I’d say that all in all, he drank over 50 beers on the trip, and this wasn’t just an isolated incident, he did that almost every time.

Sandy: Unbelievable. That’s absolutely unbelieveable.

Nelson: Yeah, I know, I’m not kidding though, let’s call up somebody and they’ll tell you man, they’ll tell you I’m not lying.

Sandy: Alright, who should we call up. Let’s take a commercial break, and then we’ll call up somebody and see if we can’t get to the bottom of this….This is absolutely amazing.

[commercial break: When the commercial end, Paul Sorrento, a former Mariner and Devil Ray, and Boggs’s and Nelly’s former teammate, is on the phone]

Nelly: Hey Paul, good to hear from you man, I haven’t talked to you in a while.

Sorrento: Yeah, what’s it been like, two, three years?

Nelly: Yeah. Hey, Paul, just to clarify now, I didn’t speak to you over the commercial break, and I haven’t talked to you about anything since we last talked a few years ago right?

Sorrento: Yeah, right.

Nelly: Alright Paul, we’ve been talking about Wade Boggs up here today in Seattle.

Sorrento: (laughing) Yeah, ole Wade huh.

Nelly: Yeah, alright Paul, I need you to answer one question for me, truthfully now….How many beers would Wade Boggs drink on an east coast to west coast road trip?

Sorrento: Oh, jeez, (exhaling like a flat tire) I don’t know, like 70.

Nelly, Sandberg, Sorrento, Hank: (Rolling on the ground laughing)

pedro
09-10-2007, 03:39 AM
awesome. this also on wade

Boggs was known for his superstitions as much as his hitting. He ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice once called Boggs "chicken man"), woke up at the same time every day, took exactly 150 ground balls in practice, took batting practice at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17. His route to and from his position in the field beat a path to the home dugout. He drew the Hebrew word "Chai", meaning "life", in the batter's box before each at-bat, though he is not Jewish. Most people don't know that his favorite count was 3 balls and 2 strikes [citation needed]. Boggs also claimed that his at-bats improved when longtime mistress Margot Adams attended games while not wearing underwear.[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Boggs

sonny
09-10-2007, 05:36 AM
You gotta think Kruk sure put some suds away. That whole Phillies team likely gave Boggs a run for his money.

nate
09-10-2007, 08:15 AM
I think the Mick could probably create a few empties. As could Ryne Duren, Steve Dalkowski and the Babe.

Good stuff on Boggs!

Tom Servo
09-10-2007, 08:27 AM
I heard Boggs would get drunk and argue with other bar patrons over who was England's greatest Prime Minister.

camisadelgolf
09-10-2007, 08:31 AM
Wade Boggs, goes down smooth.

Johnny Footstool
09-10-2007, 10:53 AM
I heard Boggs would get drunk and argue with other bar patrons over who was England's greatest Prime Minister.

Lord Palmerston!!!

Chip R
09-10-2007, 10:54 AM
Lord Palmerston!!!


Pitt the Elder!

George Anderson
09-10-2007, 11:16 AM
I heard Boggs would get drunk and argue with other bar patrons over who was England's greatest Prime Minister.

What a fun bar that must be!!! :rolleyes:

RedsFan75
09-10-2007, 12:15 PM
Makes me wonder what type of publicity, etc... Boggs whould get if it was during todays Media rich world and the internet boards etc....

Can you see the topics of discussion...

(Sorry but that line in the Wiki about the mistress just amazes me!)

Chip R
09-10-2007, 12:24 PM
What a fun bar that must be!!! :rolleyes:


Yeah. You wouldn't believe all the things that go on there.

Johnny Footstool
09-10-2007, 12:40 PM
Yeah. You wouldn't believe all the things that go on there.

I hear they keep pandas in the back room.

Unassisted
09-10-2007, 01:01 PM
This Boggs anecdote was in the comments at the site I got the story in the original post from.


I was a caddy at the St. Agnus links outside of Boston and I did a round for Boggs for one time. He hired me to hold his clubs and an extra caddy to carry 10 six-packs and by the 9th hole we had downed all the beers. He sent the caddy for a refill and by the end of 18, he down 123 beers. BTW, great tipper.

registerthis
09-10-2007, 01:31 PM
I was a caddy at the St. Agnus links outside of Boston and I did a round for Boggs for one time. He hired me to hold his clubs and an extra caddy to carry 10 six-packs and by the 9th hole we had downed all the beers. He sent the caddy for a refill and by the end of 18, he down 123 beers. BTW, great tipper.


Alcohol poisoning much?

Yachtzee
09-10-2007, 01:45 PM
Alcohol poisoning much?

Or even overhydration. He must have the most incredible liver and set of kidneys the world has ever known. To drink that much beer, he must have had to water every tree on the course. The fluids have to go somewhere. It would make for a good episode of Mythbusters though.

princeton
09-10-2007, 01:53 PM
I can eat 50 eggs

CrackerJack
09-10-2007, 02:16 PM
Sounds like an alcoholic to me.

Then again we're talking about Miller Lite - beer substitute.

BRM
09-10-2007, 02:18 PM
Sounds like an alcoholic to me.

Then again we're talking about Miller Lite - beer substitute.

Well, if you are going to drink that many it's probably a good thing to stick with the one that's low carb.

Chip R
09-10-2007, 02:24 PM
Or even overhydration. He must have the most incredible liver and set of kidneys the world has ever known. To drink that much beer, he must have had to water every tree on the course. The fluids have to go somewhere. It would make for a good episode of Mythbusters though.


This sounds like it's getting to be a fish story.

gonelong
09-10-2007, 02:30 PM
I can eat 50 eggs

Nobody can eat fifty eggs.

What we've got here is... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it.

Nah - calling it your job don't make it right, Boss.

Always wondered if that last line inspired John Cougar Mellenkamp ...

Calling it your job, old hoss, sure don't make it right.
But if you want, I'll say a prayer for your soul tonight.

GL

Blimpie
09-10-2007, 06:25 PM
awesome. this also on wade

Boggs was known for his superstitions as much as his hitting. He ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice once called Boggs "chicken man"), woke up at the same time every day, took exactly 150 ground balls in practice, took batting practice at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17. His route to and from his position in the field beat a path to the home dugout. He drew the Hebrew word "Chai", meaning "life", in the batter's box before each at-bat, though he is not Jewish. Most people don't know that his favorite count was 3 balls and 2 strikes [citation needed]. Boggs also claimed that his at-bats improved when longtime mistress Margot Adams attended games while not wearing underwear.[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_BoggsNot to change the subject, but does this story remind anybody of the story about Deion Sanders when he was a rookie for the Yankees? Apparently, he used to take his bat and write a "$" in the batter's box before every at bat.

At least, that was until they played the White Sox one day and Carlton Fisk (who was catching then) tried to assault Deion's in the batter's box for his creativity...

BoydsOfSummer
09-10-2007, 10:09 PM
No. Freaking. Way.

I did drink 32 Miller Lites once in one session though.

Spitball
09-11-2007, 12:39 AM
Back in the mid 1970's I was at EJ's, former Boston Bruins' goalie Eddie Johnston's bar in Rowley, Massachusetts, when in walked Bruin wing and tough guy Wayne Cashman. He was a semi-local legend and received lots of free drinks. He must have had 15 beers with 100 proof Wild Turkey chasers in about an hours time. It was an unreal display of alcohol tolerance...though he did end up on a coach in the manager's office. Less than twenty-four hours later he was pounding Noel Picard in a bit of a one sided hockey brawl.

I have a few drinking stories on former Bruins Bobby Orr, Jerry Cheevers, Derek Sanderson, and Mike Walton. EJ's is now a Spud's Restuarant and no longer there, but it was an interesting bar back in the 1970's.

AtomicDumpling
09-11-2007, 01:46 AM
Wade Boggs makes Chris Henry and Odell Thurman seem like choirboys.

Back in my college days we used to have case races. Each participant had to drink 24 beers before noon on Saturdays. I never won the race, but I always finished my case. Then I would sleep for a few hours before heading out to the bars.

I can barely drink a six-pack now.

WVRedsFan
09-11-2007, 02:22 AM
I had a buddy who was a wrestler at Marshall University. he had the most alcohol tolerance of any person i've ever seen. He'd buy four cases for the weekend (Friday night until Saturday night--he was a devolut Lutheran and didn't drink on Sunday). If he had a match on Monday, he'd be ready and do well. He never went to the bathroom--it was like it never caused him to go.

We met up Saturday at the WVU-Marshall game and started talking about this. Neither of us can get through 3 or 4 beers without eating or heading to the john. We decided it's probably a good thing. We can't remember much about those good times now and it's a shame because others tell us about how much fun we had!

Redsland
09-11-2007, 10:45 AM
...though he did end up on a coach in the manager's office.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;)

registerthis
09-11-2007, 05:45 PM
Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;)

Depends on if the coach was cute.

Heath
09-13-2007, 03:16 PM
What a fun bar that must be!!! :rolleyes:

Hey, it might have been the bar where everyone knows your name.