Paxton Crawford Admits to Steroid Use

Already got a couple entries for the “Be Dan Shaughnessy” contest…keep them coming!

In the latest ESPN the Magazine, former Red Sox pitcher Paxton Crawford admits to using steroids and HGH while with the team in 2001. He seems to indicate that he wasn’t along in using on the Red Sox. If you have an ESPN Insider Subscription, you can read the story online. Towards the end, Crawford says:

I'll never name names, but I know it wasn't just me. Steroids had a hold on the game. Guys were walking around like zombies. Baseball is mostly mental, and all these things you're putting into your body are going to affect how you think. In 2001, that started happening to me. I was taking way too much stuff, and I'd get rattled.

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