Wade Boggs | 30 Years Ago this Month
Adams asked Boggs for nothing more than to help her get her life in order, suggesting that he pay her the $100,000 she claimed he’d offered her to make up for the wages she lost during their travels. It would be his way of giving her a fresh start. But when negotiations to end their relationship failed, Boggs contacted friends at the F.B.I. to investigate an alleged extortion attempt by Adams. Shocked and angry that Boggs would use his influence to such extremes, she contacted her attorney.
When Adam’s lawsuit made their affair public knowledge, Boggs was not thrilled. He denied it on many occasions — an American hero would never do such a thing. But with each denial Adams released more proof, making Boggs look like the Joe Isuzu of all time. The media clamored for more details about one of the greatest scandals to hit the game. The publicity sparked a fight among Red Sox players while inspiring them to win the American League Eastern Division Championship. Accounts revealed that Boggs carried on his extra-marital relationship in full view of his teammates, their wives, his agent, and other major-league baseball players.
Since the filing of the lawsuit, Adams has had to defend herself to the media, her friends and family, and baseball fans everywhere. Going public, she did a few short interviews with the hope of explaining her actions. But after doing the Phil Donahue show, Adams decided that the media just added fuel to the fire, and she again went into hiding.
Adams thought about telling her story in a book but found the idea to be as draining as the relationship itself had been. She believed that Boggs would never acknowledge the intensity of their romance, nor would his brother, agent, teammates, or others throughout baseball. So, for the first time she has agreed to be interviewed in detail about the romance that took baseball by storm — a romance that Debbie Boggs first learned of when she reached for that issue of Penthouse magazine back in 1984. Now, five years later, she will again reach for Penthouse magazine. Only this time, she will find the truth.
When did you meet Wade Boggs?
April 2, 1984. A girlfriend and I had been out to dinner and it was a Monday night, so everyplace was kind of dead.
We went to a place in Anaheim called Crackers. Right away, a guy came up and asked my friend to dance and they disappeared. A few men asked me to dance and I said no. There must have been about 15 men lined up at the bar. Then I saw Wade. I thought he was kind of cute; we were looking at each other. I noticed he had a wedding ring on.
Did any of the other players approach you?
No. They were watching to see what I’d do. My girlfriend came back with the guy she was dancing with. He introduced himself as Eddie Jurak. He said he was there with his teammates. Then some of the guys started to come up and join the three of us. Dennis Eckersley came over and said good night to Eddie; he was going back to his room. I kept looking over at Wade and he’d look back at me. I said I was getting tired and my girlfriend said, “Well, let’s go.” We were going to have dessert at a place I like. She said, “Do you mind if [Eddie] comes along to have cake with us and we’ll take him back to his hotel afterwards?” I said, “That’s fine with me.” Jurak asked if I’d mind if he brought a friend. It must have been about 1:30 in the morning. I said, “Fine. Bring whoever you want.” He said, “Which one do you want me to bring?” I pointed at Wade and said, “Bring him.” When we got to the restaurant, I noticed he didn’t have his wedding ring on. So I asked him, “What happened to your wedding ring?” He said, “I took it off.” I asked him why he did that. He said, “Well, you didn’t look like the kind of girl that would go with me if I had a wedding ring on.”
Did you know who Wade Boggs was?
No. I had friends who had long-term relationships with baseball players, but I didn’t know anything about the American League or batting champions.
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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