I head the whole Oil Can interview on the way to work and honestly don't know what to make of it. First, Oil Can did generally seem like he was fucked up, and when Callahan asked him if he was high right now he said yes, but Oil Can was just talking and talking and I'm not sure whether he heard any of the questions or not. Was he stoned during the interview? Quite possibly. Did it just seem funny to him to say yes? Maybe.
Anyway, D&C didn't have much chance to get a word in edgewise, actually, and when they did try to follow up with questions, it was definitely in a patronizing tone: "what about the example you're setting for your kids?" "Wouldn't you have been better if you hadn't been doing the drugs?" ETc.
But Oil Can was really going off: "I was always the best athlete on the field, whether I was high or drunk or whatever. I was the best!" That type of non-sensical stuff. Said he was driven out of the league because no one wanted to deal with him anymore, not because he couldn't pitch. Said even though he was talking about being high all the time, and admitted to Pappas that he was doing drugs all the time, that "no one knew! no one ever caught me with anything! That's not why they didn't want me!"
Said Wade Boggs called him the n-word [that word filter is probably for the best] every day, as well. He was swearing all the time, to the point that they were beeping out half his words and even missing some. Shit and fuck both made it on the air a couple of times. Then he hung up at the end.
D&C definitely didn't come off particularly well - it seemed to me like they were baiting him into being a crazy person as much as possible - but I didn't catch a racist tone necessarily. I think they're dismissive of and condescending to those they consider beneath them, like "drug addicts" and those who don't have their superior moral standards or whatever, but I don't think it was a race thing.
The whole thing felt gross. Oil Can was only on to pimp his book, and D&C had clearly agreed to pimp the book in exchange for the interview and pimped it at the end grudgingly, but neither side really wanted to talk to the other, it didn't seem. D&C just wanted salacious details, but they didn't want the real Oil Can. I think they were hoping he'd be Bill Lee charming, and he really wasn't.
Edited by MyDaughterLovesTomGordon, 04 May 2012 - 09:33 AM.