Did Wade Boggs Drink 107 Beers in a Day?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day claims the Red Sox great could keep counting past 50. We call bullshit.
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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day claims the Red Sox great could keep counting past 50. We call bullshit.
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The 10th season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” premiered last night with a story more unbelievable than “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” making it to 10 seasons. Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs, the legend goes, routinely drank somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or 60 or 70 beers a day when traveling to the West Coast from his home base in Boston, and later in his career, New York. So the “Always Sunny” gang honors him in the season premiere him by trying to out drink him.

You can guess what happens next: sex in the cargo hold, flight attendant abuse, ghost sightings, etc. But it’s something Charlie Day revealed on "The Tonight Show” earlier this week that we’d like to focus on. Boggs, Day said, agreed to make a cameo in the episode, and when the cameras were off he admitted that the number of beers he threw back on road trips was much higher than the reported 50, 60, and 70. Not 80 or 90 or even 100, but 107. That’s nine twelve packs, minus the one he left at a Panda Express in North Dakota.

To that, we say nonsense! It has to be nonsense, right? Not just because Bogg’s couldn’t have downed 1200-plus ounces of beer in 24 hours without turning into a 6’2” pickle. Not just because his manager would have hit him over the head with a bat before allowing him to hit triple digits on the brew-ometer. But because no man who’s cracking open his 105th and then 106th and then 107th beer of the day is capable of keeping track of each one with that kind of precision. Look, it’s a great story that we’d love to be true, but as Boggs proved when he signed with the Yankees in 1993, our heroes are not always as heroic as we’d like them to be.