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The Chicken Man finished his 18-season Hall of Fame career with the Red Sox, Yankees and TTFKATTBDR (The Team Formerly Known As The Tampa Bay Devil Rays) by becoming the first player to join the 3,000 hit club on a home run, driving a hanging curveball over the right field wall at the Trop on August 7, 1999. Boggs would remain the only player to reach this plateau with a long ball until Derek Jeter joined him in 2011.
Despite his legendary on-field resume, Boggs is notorious for his ability to down prodigious quantities of Miller Lite while traveling to the West Coast back in his playing days. While guest hosting the morning show on Seattle's 950 KJR, former Major League pitcher Jeff Nelson claimed Boggs drank 50 to 60 beers from clubhouse-to-clubhouse on trips out west.
When the truth of his story was questioned, Nelson called former teammate Paul Sorrento, who then estimated that Boggs would take down 70 beers on the trip.
That's right—former teammates alleged that a member of the game's most elite fraternity could handle as many as 70 Miller Lites on a nine-hour trip (based on the timeline given by Nelson).
When discussing the subject with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption in 2005, Boggs disputed one person's estimate of 64, but he didn't exactly deny his capacity for 12-ounce curls while 30,000 feet in the air:
Kornheiser: Okay, so there was a sign on College Game Day about a year ago that said "Wade Boggs once drank 64 beers on a cross-country flight." Tell us that's true, or tell us you got close on that.
Boggs: No, it's not true. No, it's not true. It wasn't 64. But, uh, a lot of people have fun with that. It's noth—, it's nothing to brag about. But, uh, you get bored on a cross-country flight going from Boston to L.A., so, uh, you gotta, you gotta spend the time doing something.
Kornheiser: What was the number? Give us the number.
Boggs: No, we don't need to, we don't need to divulge the number. It was, uh. Put it this way: it was, it was a few Miller Lites.
What's clear is that Boggs drank some unthinkable amount of one of the great American swills in an unreasonably short period of time, and that he did it regularly, yet he would somehow still get up and play—and play well—the very next day, sometimes just hours later.
Which begs the question, "If Major League Baseball is testing for PEDs, should they also install a Breathalyzer in the on-deck circle?"