Former Red Sox OF / Bill Lee crony Bernie Carbo is depicted as somewhat of a dimwit in Peter Gammons’ “Beyond The 6th Game”, but until now, the extent of Carbo’s troubles hasn’t been widely publicized. In Thursday’s Boston Globe, Carbo — currently drug free and leading a baseball themed evangelical ministry — tells the paper’s Stan Grossfield his 3-run, pinch-hit HR off the Reds’ Rawly Eastwick in the 8th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series occurred while high as a kite.
œI probably smoked two joints, drank about three or four beers, got to the ballpark, took some [amphetamines], took a pain pill, drank a cup of coffee, chewed some tobacco, had a cigarette, and got up to the plate and hit,™™ Carbo said.
œI played every game high,™™ he said. œI was addicted to anything you could possibly be addicted to. I played the out field sometimes where it looked like the stars were falling from the sky.
œI played baseball 17 years of my life and I don™t think I ever missed a day of being high, other than when I went to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait [for a baseball clinic] in 1989. And the only reason I didn™t do any drugs there was that I was afraid that I would lose my life.™™
He said that in 1978, new Sox owners Haywood Sullivan and Buddy LeRoux hired a private detective to follow him. They didn™t have to look far for evidence of drug use.
Carbo was in the outfield at Fenway Park during batting practice, tossing baseballs into the bleachers to fans who threw him marijuana joints.
œBaseball doesn™t say, ˜This guy™s in trouble, let™s get him into rehab,™ ™™ he said. œThey just trade you.™™