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July 25, 2008 at 12:04 am ET
Rob Neyer thinks George Brett did cocaine

Brett during the Pine Tar GameIn discussing the 25th anniversary of the Pine Tar Game, Rob Neyer of ESPN thought it was a good time to ruminate about George Brett’s possible cocaine use.

“In the early 1980s, many baseball players were using cocaine. Some of them got into trouble, and a few of Brett’s Kansas City teammates went to prison. Now, I’m not going to suggest that Brett was using cocaine, but I do know he was considered one of the hardest partiers in the Midwest at that time. Funny thing, though … Brett never got into any trouble. None that made the papers, anyway.”

This sounds eerily similar to what his mentor, Bill James, had to say about Kirby Puckett and Gary Gaetti and their possible steroid use, which James “explained” in the Bill James Gold Mine 2008:

“Two of the greatest home run under-producers of all time were teammates: Kirby Puckett and Gary Gaetti in 1984. Puckett hit no home runs (-16), Gaetti hit only 5 (-19). Suggesting the possibility that the Twins’ two World Championships may have been aided by their team being among the first to discover…well, I’d better not go there. Nor will I point out that Gaetti was bald and had acne and Puckett died young.

Meanwhile, I’m not going to suggest that Barack Obama is sympathetic to Muslim fundamentalists…

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8 Responses to “Rob Neyer thinks George Brett did cocaine”
  1. I realize that being suggestive can pass as a literary technique, but this is bullshit. Neyer wasn’t being crafty for the sake of using elegant prose, he was intentionally dumping on Brett in a rather cowardly fashion. If cocaine and George Brett are going to be used in the headline, then you better tell me he hit the schneez and banged dirty locals like the rest of the coke binges stories I’ve ever heard…

  2. MyPinstripes says:

    There is no doubt that though that Neyer is a moron just as is his overrated mentor.

  3. Adam C says:

    Definitely chicken shit. You don’t drag a HoFer’s name thru the mud without something resembling evidence.

  4. Jeff says:


    You do if you are a worthless douchebag like Rob Neyer.

  5. OregonHusker says:

    Rob Neyer is a tool.

    If I ever see him on the street in Portland, there’ll be a new pine tar incident to talk about…

  6. geb4000 says:

    Somebody famous snorted a couple of lines at a party in the 1980’s. File this under who cares. Unless BN can prove this cocaine use affected GB’s play, he should have never brought up the subject. Everybody was doing lines in the eighties. Is RN going to accuse some player from the 1970’s of smoking pot next?

  7. Anarchist Accountant says:

    He beat the Yankees, so he must have done cocaine…sincerely, Neyer.

  8. MT says:

    Neyer = classless idiot.

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