January 13, 2015

The legend grows to 107 beers!

Boggs has not only confirmed his great talent for drinking but set the record straight.  107 beers is the current massive beer-drinking total.

10th Season Premiere of  "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" to take on THE record in "The Gang Beats Boggs".  Airs Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET on FXX.

June 10, 2011

Drinking beer and bass fishing have always gone hand-in-hand. So, one would guess that any individual who takes his drinking very seriously would naturally be a passionate lure jerker. Boggs proves this theory true.

(taken from http://www.waltreynolds.com/boggs.html)

"After getting his 3,000th major league hit, what does future Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs look forward to doing? Going fishing...and as much as possible!

At a special Wade Boggs Day, Tampa Bay Devil Rays owner Vince Naimoli presented Boggs with this Mercury 200 hp OptiMax powered deluxe 19-foot Ranger 518 SVX bass fishing boat. The $50,000 custom-designed craft included carpeting, done in Devil Rays colors, with a Wade Boggs signature and a Devil Rays logo. The design required more than 1,000 man-hours of work.

When not bass fishing in the lakes and rivers near his home in the Tampa Bay area, Boggs supports numerous charity fishing events including the Mercury Outboards Redbone celebrity series in the Fla. Keys for cystic fibrosis research and Chuck LaMar's Mercury Grand Slam celebrity fishing tournament in Tampa Bay for pediatric cancer research."

Although he drives a badass boat, Boggs the bass fisherman is clearly as laid back and easy going as one would expect (remember, this is the same guy who would regularly, and casually, toss back 60 beers on a cross-country team flight). Below is a story posted by someone on talksox.com that recounts the likable nature of Wade the fisherman:

(taken from http://www.talksox.com/forum/talk-sox-forum/12389-wade-boggs-story.html)

"My friend went to a Bass Fishing tournament on Friday. While I was having some drinks after work, my friend called to tell me that Wade Boggs had been at the tournament and that he was drinking with Boggs. He asked Boggs to say hello to the biggest Sox fan he knew. Boggs took the phone and was very friendly, but it was noisy where I was and where he was, so I really could n't hear much of what he had said. My friend had told me that Boggs was in the picture he had sent me earlier in the day. He had sent me a picture of his prize winning fish. After speaking to Boggs, I checked the picture. Boggs was not in the picture. I sent a text to my friend telling him that Boggs was not in the picture. My friend insisted that he was. Now I am starting to think that someone is pulling my leg with a prank. I text my friend a question for Boggs to verify his identity. I told him to ask Boggs the significance of 7:17. My friend has no clue, so he can't answer it. My friend is cracking up and he tells Boggs that I suspect that he is a fraud. He read the text wrong and asks Boggs: "what is 7 for 17?" Boggs looked at him like he was nuts and says "is he talking about the time I went 7 for 7?" I text my friend: "not 7 for 7. Ask him about 7:17 pm." He shows Boggs the text, and Boggs says "Oh, I went to the batting cage at 5:17 and ran my wind sprints at 7:17." He asked my friend for his phone so he could call me and verify his identity. They fumbled the hand off and dropped the phone breaking it to smithereens. Boggs says tell me his number and I call him on my phone. My friend of course doesn't have my cell phone # memorized because it is programmed into his phone. We had a pretty good laugh the next day."

June 9, 2011

This Day in Boggs History!

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Wade Boggs' strange injury involving a hotel room, cowboy boot and a cheaply upholstered couch. Apparently he was trying to pry off his tightly fitting cowboy boots in the hotel, "lost his ballance" and fell ribs first onto a couch.

Before the alleged accident Boggs was on track to hit .400 for the season. Maybe if he didn't wear such god-damn tight fitting Cowboy Boots he would have reached that milestone.

No doubt Boggs was at least 83 Miller Lite's deep...which I'm sure is the real reason he lost his balance. Everyone knows you don't take off Cowboy Boots standing up, that is just insane.

(Below is an excerpt take from original story: www.hardballtimes.com by Chris Jaffe)

In a hotel in Toronto on June 9, 1986, Boggs tried to use his foot to pry off the cowboy boot from his other foot, only to have things go rather badly. Instead of losing his boot, he lost his balance and fell ribcage-first into the arm of a couch. Ooph. And just like that, the world-class hitter looked like a Keystone Cop. It would be purely funny, except Boggs felt like he could barely breathe after hitting the couch. He bruised his ribs badly and could barely take a deep breath. He could only pinch hit in the next game (where he drew a walk). After playing all the next three games (with only two hits), Boggs had to leave a game early on June 15 because his ribs weren’t getting better. By this time, his average was down to .380, and he wound up missing six games. When Boggs finally came back, he wasn’t quite the same and ended the year with a .357 mark, nowhere near .400, but still enough to lead the league.

February 11, 2011

Boggs named to International League Hall of Fame

Wade Boggs (along with Cal Ripken) was elected to the International League Hall of Fame for his excellence while in Triple-A.

Boggs spent both 1980 and 1981 in Pawtucket, where he hit .322 with a .418 OBP, .416 slugging mark and .834 OPS. He hit just six homers in Triple-A, but in 1981, he developed extra-base power as a 23-year-old, hitting 41 doubles for the PawSox. In 1980, he hit .306, losing the batting title by .0007 points. He then led the International League in average (.335) and doubles in 1981. While Boggs' baseball career looked promising during his time in Pawtucket, his binge drinking ability did not. In the minors Boggs was reported to only take in a "sixer" on a 3.5 hour cross-New England Bus ride. He was only able to reach the milestone of 60+ beers after years of patience, practice and determination.

April 20, 2010

Boggs Enters Sailfish Championship With Bare Hands

The Wold Sailfish Tournament is a three day event, with high profile celebrities like Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs and Wrestler "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.

Two of the greats, Boggs and Hacksaw Duggan! These fish don't stand a chance...
What is it with Boggs' fascination with Pro-Wrestling anyway?

April 2, 2009

Boggs's notorious tale makes PTI


Imagine How Methodical He Must Have Been About His Drinking

(taken from http://www.signatureforum.com/article.cfm?articleid=34)

"Most athletes have a superstition or two about lucky shoes or not stepping on the baselines. But Wade Boggs took his superstitions to infamous new levels. For one thing, he ate chicken before every single game, with no exceptions. His daily schedule was also planned out with scientific precision, waking up at the exact same time every day, taking his batting practice cuts at exactly 5:17pm, and doing his wind sprints precisely two hours later, at 7:17pm. Before every at-bat during the game itself, Boggs would use his bat to draw the Hebrew symbol for “life” in the dirt, even though he wasn't Jewish. And there's plenty more where that came from!"

October 15, 2007

Boggs Joke Site

Check out this site: http://www.wadeboggsjokes.com/

August 21, 2007

The Sultan of Swing

Although Boggs set the bar for beer consumption by a pro ball player, it should be noted that such a path had already been beaten.

(Taken from http://www.briansbelly.com/halloffame/baberuth.shtml)

"Legends follow such great men--and as legend would have it, it is said that Babe [Ruth] occasionally left baseball games between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees, headed to a Chicago bar named McCuddy's and drank beer between innings. It is also told that Ty Cobb once saw him eat half a dozen sandwiches and an entire jar of pigs knuckles washed down by a pitcher of beer."

June 20, 2007

Apparently Boggs is a huge WWE fan

"Boggs Life of the Party"

posted by Long-time WWE commentator J.R. on http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/

"Just a few thoughts, before we get to your comments. I always enjoy seeing MLB HOF’er Wade Boggs, and Monday night was no exception. Boggsie, who once drank something like 72 cold beers on a Red Sox team plane trip from Boston to the West Coast, is a great guy who loves life and is a serious WWE fan. Steve Austin and I had a blast with Wade at Wrestlemania 23 this year doing, guess what? Drinking a few cold ones… after work, of course."

June 19, 2007

Boggs sighting...

Posted by Mitch Martin June 5th, 2007 on Tastybooze.com:

"A couple years after I graduated college I was working as a newspaper reporter in southern New Hampshire and moonlighting some nights and weekends as a bartender at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Newton, MA. For anyone familiar with the area it's the Sheraton that hangs over the pike at exit 17. I was a displaced Yankees fan from Connecticut and was absolutely psyched when my manager told me the Yankees would be staying in the hotel for their series against the Red Sox. When I thought of the Yankees I thought of Jeter,Bernie, Paul O'Neill, Posada. But much to my disappointment the only Bombers to visit my bar were Graham Lloyd (with a tasty redhead on his arm who was CLEARLY not his wife) and Yankee Legend, Scott Pose. But things changed when Wade Boggs walked in with a couple friends and sat at a table near the door.I walked over and took the group's order. One draft for the guy, two glasses of white wine for the women and a bottle of Miller Lite for Wade. AfterWade's 4th bottle in less than an hour, I realized that the group wasn't going anywhere anytime soon and there were only two lites left in the fridge. When I delivered the next to last bottle, I told Wade that we were going to run out and rattled off the list of other beers we carried. Wade wasn't having any of it and asked me to send someone out for more - which I did. We only had two hours to closing time and while the rest of group ordered 3 more rounds, Wade downed 11 more Miller Lites - 17 total in less than 3 hours. And it was only 11pm when we closed ... so I am sure the night continued somewhere else. The next day, Boggs got 2 hits."

June 18, 2007

The Origin of Boggs

Posted by Hank Yerzimbeck April 25th, 2007 on Tastybooze.com

We’ve had a few questions come up about Boggs, and why we refer to tasty Miller Lites as Boggs. Well my friends, open your ears and I’ll pour in a tale.

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 usually 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 each other, 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 unbelievable.

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.

Wade Boggs denies drinking 60+ Beers!


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