Bernie Carbo knows all too well how bad choices can ruin lives.
The former Red Sox slugger, who is now a born-again Christian, shared the highs and lows of his professional career and personal life with an audience of about 50 people, including many youngsters from Great Brook Valley, Friday night at Clark University™s Razzo Hall.
He freely admitted that his addictive personality got him into steady drinking at 16 and full alcoholism by 19. He credited former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson and former Red Sox executive Tom Yawkey with taking him under their wings and helping him keep the œgiants of drugs and booze œunder control. But in the end, he said, neither man could be there all the time.
In 1993, he hit rock bottom and realized he needed more help. He found it in God, he said.
His family had disintegrated. His mother committed suicide. His three daughters went to jail for selling drugs, and one is still incarcerated. He is in the process of adopting his three grandchildren, ages 9, 6 and 4.
He said major leaguers over the last four decades have had to face an increasing number of the devil™s temptations: liquor, womanizing, marijuana, cocaine and now steroids. He said there is more hope now, because players are turning to God for strength during this decade.
œMore players are spreading the word than ever before, he said.
Indeed, chief amongst them, Atlanta’s G-d fearing John Smoltz, touched up for 6 earned runs by the New York Mets today, 3 of ’em coming in on a bases clearing triple by Jose Reyes in the home 6th inning. Sadly, in the top of the 7th, Shawn Green and Scott Schoenweiss would demonstrate that goyim have no monopoly on screwing up, and the Braves currently lead, 9-6, in the 8th inning. Kelly Johnson just went yard off Notre Dame alum Aaron Heilman for a 3 run HR, giving Keith Hernandez a chance to opine on the importance of not crying after a tough day (Johnson whiffed 4 times Saturday), when he really should’ve been pushing an atheistic agenda. True Believers are getting crushed in Flushing.