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Wade Boggs and the best drinking story I’ve ever heard
Faithful Sports Pros(e) reader and commenter “bruce” has suggested we trot out the Wade Boggs story. Since he happens to be the father of this humble blogger, we have no choice but to cave to this demand.
I first stumbled across the gem in April and since have made it a point to bring it up as much as humanly possible. It is truly one of the best stories I’ve ever heard.
It involves Hall of Fame third baseman and a whole bunch of beer.
Evidently, Boggs enjoyed putting down Miller Lites. Like, really enjoyed it.
“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
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.
It should be noted that Boggs said the number of tasty Miller Lites may have been inflated over the years.
Wade Boggs: True American hero.