Look at Wade Boggs lurking, seemingly jonesing for a cold one at the Oklahoma City airport. Chicken Man was in town on Tuesday, showed up at the Thunder game and was waiting on a flight out on Wednesday where you’d expect him to be in an airport.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Wade Boggs, beer and airplanes, this should serve as a history lesson. The story went something like this:
Wade was the kind of guy who was always the first one at the club house. So he’d get to the clubhouse, and he’d bring a six pack with him. He’d be there drinking a beer when someone showed up, and as we were all packing our stuff up out of our lockers and getting our bags ready for the trip, Wade would sit there and drink that whole six pack.
Now, at the time, we were flying out of New Jersey, so it was somewhat of a drive from Yankee stadium to the airport in New Jersey. Wade would drink another couple of beers on the bus to the airport. At the time, we were flying this older airplane, it couldn’t make it across the country without refueling, and it wasn’t the fastest airplane in the sky. So we would stop in North Dakota or something. Wade would drink about a half rack between New Jersey and North Dakota, and it would take about a half-hour to an hour to refuel once we got there, so he’d have a few more beers while we were grounded in North Dakota.
Once we got back up in the air, Wade would drink another 10, 11, 12 beers on the way out to the west coast. The whole flight from coast to coast ususally (SIC) took us well over 7 hours. We’d touch down at Sea-Tac, hop on the bus headed to the Kingdome, and Wade would have another beer or two on the bus. Then, all of us would get to the Kingdome and unpack our bags and sit around and BS with each other, and Wade would have a beer in his hand the entire time. He was always one of the last people to leave the club house too. So I’d say that all in all, he drank over 50 beers on the trip, and this wasn’t just an isolated incident, he did that almost every time.
Then, there was this from PTI in 2003.
The legend of Boggs & 64 beers has been discussed at length on urban myth detective site Snopes and has become one of the greatest drinking stories in sports history.
Even if the guy pounds 35 beers on a cross-country flight, we want in on that party.