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Thursday, July 28, 2011

NC Times: Sean Burroughs is back, but not his old habits

Burroughs, now 30, had it all, going from Little League World Series star to hitting .286 as the Padres’ third baseman in 2003. But from that station he morphed into a Las Vegas druggie, addicted to the bright lights and his next buzz. It was a combination that extinguished his baseball career for nearly four years and Burroughs said, “left me on death’s door.

“I wanted to be a rock star in Las Vegas, even though I didn’t play an instrument or sing. I went there for the party and I lived it for a couple of years. I was hanging out with people and putting myself in situations ... just doing stupid things.’‘

...“You never know,’’ said Kevin Towers, who drafted him in San Diego and threw him a lifeline in Arizona. “You think you get to know players and know what’s going on in their heads. But I saw it happen with Ken Caminiti, Khalil Greene—you just never know. Then you hear about things, and it’s ‘Wow!’”

Burroughs understands. He’s quick to add that he would rather not tell his ‘war stories’ but is at ease in doing just that. When asked what drugs he ingested, he wasn’t specific but his answer caused heartburn.

“It was everything and more,’’ he said. “Just think about the worst thing you can possibly think of and that was what I was doing. My addictions the last few years just escalated (to) where it got to a point that there wasn’t anything more stronger, more powerful, that I could have done to numb myself out.’‘

Khalil Greene? Did I miss something?

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: arizona, history, padres

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   1. Justin T is well-informed--he watches a lot of TV Posted: July 28, 2011 at 01:06 PM (#3887432)
I thought Burroughs was only addicted to cheeseburgers.
   2. Good cripple hitter Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:12 PM (#3887464)
Khalil Greene? Did I miss something?

Greene's career ended with allegations that his social anxiety disorder was leading him to cut himself.

Teammates noticed Greene punishing himself during the season's first road trip. When one Cardinal player approached Greene in the Wrigley Field dugout to ask what he was doing, Greene responded of his frustration, "It's the only way I can get it out." Last weekend Greene left PNC Park in Pittsburgh with one hand bleeding. He had not sought treatment from the team's training staff. One person in uniform described Greene's struggle as "scary."
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:23 PM (#3887474)
We all knew Khalil Greene was a vampire. Cutting themselves was the desperate resort of the vampires in Daybreakers when everyone around them was also a vampire rather than a human.
   4. puck Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:35 PM (#3887484)
Khalil Greene? Did I miss something?

After years of seeing Greene's name on rosters, contracts, scouting reports, and payroll reports, Towers met Greene at a team function and was astonished to learn he's white.
   5. Repoz Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:55 PM (#3887574)
Greene's career ended with allegations that his social anxiety disorder was leading him to cut himself.

No, this I know's just that Towers "Wow!" makes it sound like a possible drug problem.
   6. Kyle S at work Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:55 PM (#3887656)
I agree with Repoz.

Also, I'm glad Burroughs has his life together again, but he still can't hit.
   7. Bug Selig Posted: July 28, 2011 at 07:50 PM (#3887825)
Hopefully, David Purcey has a drug problem. Either that, or he simply can't pitch. At any level.
   8. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM (#3887993)
David Purcey > Josh Lueke?
   9. Bob Evans Posted: July 29, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3888031)
The only thing I got from Towers' quote was that something weird was going on in Khalil Greene's head.
   10. Guapo Posted: July 29, 2011 at 01:41 AM (#3888035)
#4 made me laugh out loud.
   11. shoewizard Posted: July 29, 2011 at 04:59 AM (#3888079)
Burroughs ended todays game by grounding into a DP

He seriously can't hit at all now. ZERO bat speed. He does not belong in the major leagues. Seriously.

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