Categories General Baseball Oil Can Boyd on ESPN Post author By attackgerbil Post date May 1, 2012 4 Comments on Oil Can Boyd on ESPN E:60 tonight at 7 p.m. ET. on ESPN – more at boston.com. h/t ibm ← Pumpkin Eater → Battling For Second: O’s-Yanks Gamer II 4 replies on “Oil Can Boyd on ESPN” Just goes to show you that some people can handle their shit and still do their job… :) I don’t recall anyone in baseball with an odder personality than Boyd. I loved watching him pitch. I was really disappointed at some of the comments leveled elsewhere at Oil Can over this interview. Parenting kept me from watching the full ESPN interview, so I’ve only seen the promo clip. But by all accounts, he was candid and himself. If I remember right, he got the nickname Oil Can, a reference to beer cans, as a teenager because he drank a lot of beer. That should have been a clue 30 years ago. Lou Merloni came to Oil Can’s defense today. Basically, Lou said the Can has always had demons. He grew up in segregated Mississippi. He had a rough childhood. But he loves baseball. He loves the game, just like we do. Lou said he has a good relationship with Oil Can. Oil Can never hurt anyone but himself. I don’t care that he smoked crack before games. I don’t care that he still does cocaine. I don’t care that he still smokes dope every day. He didn’t defile the game. He just can’t control his demons, and he had a childhood that none of will ever comprehend. I need to retract some of this. I said he never hurt anyone. Boyd was indicted in some sort of domestic abuse situation. Don’t know the outcome. Comments are closed.