Red Sox Bernie Carbo: I was High Every Game of Career

| by Off The Record

Remember former Boston Red Sox outfielder Bernie Carbo? His huge pinch-hit, three-run HR to tie 1975 World Series Game 6 at 6-6. That set up the memorable arm-waving blast of Carlton Fisk. Oh, and Bernie was pretty much high for all of it.

“I probably smoked two joints, drank about three or four beers, got to the ballpark, took some [amphetamines], took a pain pill, drank a cup of coffee, chewed some tobacco, had a cigarette, and got up to the plate and hit,’’ Carbo said.

“I threw away my career,’’ the 62-year old said. “If I knew Jesus Christ was my savior at 17, I would have been one heck of a ballplayer, a near Hall of Famer. Instead, I wanted to die.’’

Carbo surprisingly managed to stay in the majors from 1969-1980. Most guys can’t do that sober.

“I played every game high,’’ he said. “I was addicted to anything you could possibly be addicted to. I played the out field sometimes where it looked like the stars were falling from the sky.

“I played baseball 17 years of my life and I don’t think I ever missed a day of being high, other than when I went to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait [for a baseball clinic] in 1989. And the only reason I didn’t do any drugs there was that I was afraid that I would lose my life.’’

Today, Carbo says he hasn’t had drugs or alcohol in 15 years. He travels around and does fantasy baseball camps that include churchy stuff. Whatever works for ya.