Wade Boggs | 30 Years Ago this Month
Tell us about “Delta Force.”
A lot of the players talked. Bob Stanley was one of the major ones, if not the major one. Stanley was called “Mr. 411” and Marty Barrett was known as a yapper, because you could always go to them for information, gossip. Wade decided to set Stanley up to keep him quiet. Another player, Steve Crawford, had a friend, Tina, who was a stripper in Cleveland. It was set up for all of us to go to the bar to see the strippers. The plan was for Tina to come on to Stanley. She said to him, “I don’t want your friends to know — I’ll meet you back at the hotel.”
What happened next?
Tina went to the hotel and went to our room first. We synchronized our watches so that in half an hour Wade and Crawford, each with a camera, would break into the room. Ahead of time, Steve had gone down into the lobby, talked to the desk man and told him that he was Bob Stanley, and got a key to the room. They had a room near the stairs and they went up to the room. They broke in and took the pictures — then Stanley grabbed Crawford and hit him real hard on the back. Tina screamed and acted like it wasn’t a setup. Wade ran out of the room and I went home with the camera.
What was the beginning of the end of your relationship with Wade Boggs?
During spring training in 1988, a couple of the guys made slips about things Wade did when I wasn’t with him. They’d never done that before — about Wade picking up girls. His childlike quality that had been so endearing before was beginning to show up as immaturity. He’d be sweet and pout and look at me and cry when he needed to. He could recite almost every line of The Wizard of Oz in all those cute voices. The cuteness became immaturity to me, and that’s when I started to realize things weren’t the same. When he came out to California to film a segment on “Cheers” in March, he called. I went up and met him after the filming. He was all excited and told me all about it.
He said, “You know, no matter how hard I try, I knew today how much I really love you still.”
And I asked him why. I expected some big romantic answer.
Instead he said, “Well, because I know I could have had Kirstie Alley, but I wanted you.”
Kirstie Alley was a married woman, but he figured because he was Wade Boggs she’d want to be with him.
He said, “I need a pair of your panties to take back with me.”
And I said, “What are you talking about?”
“Well,” he said, “the guys bet me that I couldn’t get Kirstie Alley’s panties. So I need a pair of your G-string panties to take back and tell them they were Kirstie Alley’s.”
Did you give them to him?
Professional athletes often strive for the reputation Wade Boggs developed in his Major League career. As with sports, though, it always comes with a price.
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