When the star Dodger routinely showed up for day games still drunk from the previous night, the clubhouse guy knew his role.Bones (Dickenson's nickname) said he would do anything to keep the players happy, including what's listed above. Some of the additional duties mentioned in the article were washing cars, doing laundry for player's families, breaking up fights, and entertaining player's children.
Dickenson said he would pour a cup of beer and place it in the dugout bathroom. The star player would sneak there between innings for a drink, and continue drinking throughout the game.
He said he never saw a steroid at Dodger Stadium. However, he did say that before baseball's amphetamine ban, he would commonly vacuum "greenies" off the floor after games.
Dickenson said that when a player was attracted to women in the stands during the games, he would be ordered to bring those women the player's phone numbers.
Having actually worked with the Dodgers during the 2004 season, I was partially acquainted with Bones. He was quiet, well-liked by the players, and seemed to keep most of the business to himself. Unfortunately Bones was fired by the team last year, and most likely used the interview as a way to get back at the Dodgers for what he feels was an undeserved termination. Bones was told he was fired because he was getting too close to the players. However, the article raises speculation that Dickenson was fired for insulting one of the McCourt's children (Frank and Jamie McCourt own the Dodgers). Whatever the case, Bones' stories have opened a window into the uglier side of baseball clubhouses and they prove that sometimes the people you think least about, are privy to information you never want revealed.
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