“It would be nice,” said Boggs, 54, who is currently the assistant baseball coach of the Wharton High School Wildcats here, wearing pinstripes. “Am I bitter? I thought when I wore a Boston hat in the Hall of Fame I’d be up there.
“It’s been eight years now. I used to be bitter. But I think those days are over. Was I bitter? Absolutely.”
...Boggs says he never needed steroids, even after his average dipped to a career-worst .259 in 1992.
And he has no sympathy for Alex Rodriguez.
“It’s a shame he got a half-billion dollars to play baseball,” said Boggs.
...He’s still angry at former teammate Oil Can Boyd, who called Boggs a bigot.
“You don’t think Jim Rice or Don Baylor would’ve beat my ass if I was?” he said.
Some of his critics, including teammates, have said that Boggs was selfish, obsessed with individual statistics. That makes the Chicken Man furious.
“My job was to get on base to score runs,” he said. “I was Billyball before Billyball. I got on base 300 times a year.”
He is just getting warmed up.
“The old saying was, ‘Boggs never drives in any runs.’ I played in 155 games. I led off. That’s 155 plate appearance where I come up with nobody on.”