At long last, the steroid accusations have fallen in the Red Sox clubhouse. In an ESPN The Magazine article released this week, former short-lived Sox starting pitcher Paxton Crawford admitted that he indeed also used steroids, that he was introduced to them by someone on the team during minor-league spring training in 1999, and in a follow-up "interview" (more like a one-minute conversation followed by a hang-up) with the Globe, that they were "everywhere," although whether he was referring to the team or the sport is not clear (a Globe headline writer decided it was the sport).
I’d give the link to the magazine report, but you have to be an Insider to read it.
The Sox until now have been spared the ignominy of being swept into the ever-growing steroid/HGH scandal. Thankfully, Crawford is nowhere near the caliber of a Bonds, McGwire, Sheffield or Giambi. No one’s going to be questioning the Red Sox’ 2000-01 laurels (such as they are) because they had Paxton Crawford on their team.
Still, it sucks to see guys like Trot, Tek and Wake even quoted in the same vicinity as accusations of steroid use. For what it’s worth, they question some of Crawford’s accounts of clubhouse incidents and note that just because you’re teammates with someone doesn’t mean you know what they do on their own time, something that sounds a little off to me. I have a hard time believing players don’t know which of their teammates are and are not on steroids. But there’s that code, so whatev…