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They Call Me Oil Can: Baseball, Drugs, and Life on the Edge Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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Dennis Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos, and Texas Rangers during his 10-year Major League Baseball career. He lives in East Providence, Rhode Island. Mike Shalin covered the Red Sox during his 22-year career with the Boston Herald and is the author of Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly. He lives in South Easton, Massachusetts.
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"Oil Can" spent every chapter I read (I completed five) not really talking about baseball, rather, blaming others for everything bad that occurred in his life. I was looking to be inspired by someone who overcame racism. I wanted to read about someone who overcame adversity and personal challenges. I wanted to know how he thought about the game. What he thought about his opponents. How he approached pitching. Maybe even hear from a man who's been humbled by his own mistakes, by life, to teach others not to do the same.
Instead, I read mostly about how he smoked pot and admittedly used cocaine, yet blamed "whitey" for his short career in the game when in the end it was his fault. He quit the game. The game didn't quit him. He had so many God-given talents, yet wasted them on drugs. He's bitter, and the book is a total reflection of bitterness. If you are looking for a book that is a great example of someone blaming another for their bad decisions in life, this is it.
Oil Can talks about race, a lot. He grew up in the South and was called names and discriminated against, so I have to keep that in mind. I grew up in the middle class mixed suburbs and I am hardly familiar with the ghetto, so I try to keep that in perspective while evaluating what this man has written. It doesn't take away from the fact that this man blames every single failure in his life on the fact that he was discriminated against because he is black. He readily admits that he has a terrible temper and was quick to lash out at people but the second he starts to feel any of the repercussions of his actions, he blames it on the fact that he is black, not that he was a loose cannon or the fact that is a total drug addict.
Here is my other problem. He seems completely outraged by the "fried chicken and beer" incident with the Red Sox during their collapse in 2011 (which was one of the greatest things I have ever witnessed). He goes on to blast those involved for drinking during the game and seems like he is SOOO offended by this. However, just a couple chapters earlier he is bragging about how he never once pitched without smoking weed. He even says that he would go to his car during games to get high between innings in games that he was pitching. Give me a break.Read more ›
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