In 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…