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Lynch: ‘I think the biggest buildup now is preparing for next season’

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on June 30, 2014 at 5:44 pm with 15 Comments »
June 30, 2014 9:14 pm
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Marshawn Lynch and Eric Davis laugh it up.

The Marshawn Lynch Offseason Media Tour continues with an appearance on the Fox Sports 1 show “Back of the Shop.” It’s kind of a roundtable show set in a barbershop. Lynch will be on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Here’s how to find the channel.

From the press release:

Talking to MLB legends (Daryl) Strawberry and (Eric) Davis, Lynch says he would have liked to play in their era, before Instagram, Twitter and other social media outlets were around. “I know y’all was out there tearing it up,” Lynch says.

“That was an understatement,” Davis replies. “There wasn’t no TMZ following you around everywhere you go.”

“Hell no,” says Lynch. “We go stand outside right now, I’m telling you, we’re going to be plastered over the internet. Like, what are they up to, those three? What are these three doing? Two of them got the same color on and everything.”

“We’re so glad they didn’t have Instagram and Twitter,” Strawberry adds. “Because we would’ve been in the headlines every day.”

“Y’all got to live a different lifestyle,” says Lynch. “See, they think this is living now – I’ve got this, and go take a picture. But see, the living to me would have been, I’m going to do my thing, I’m going to wake up in the morning, ain’t got to worry about going on the internet and somebody saying this and that, and now everybody and their mama is questioning me because I’m a grown-ass man, and I was doing grown-ass man things.”

And, some more quotes:

On Super Bowl XLVIII:

Darryl Strawberry: “You all looked good in that Super Bowl. All that hype and them talking about Denver, you went out there and shellacked, waxed and put the shine on for later. Tell us what the Super Bowl was like. We played baseball, played in the World Series.

Eric Davis: “Ours is not a buildup, because you’ve got to win four, so it’s not just that buildup or the one moment when you come out of that tunnel and the flags are flying and everything riding on one particular 60 minutes.”

Marshawn Lynch: “Man, that [expletive] is crazy. As far as the buildup, I could’ve stayed at home. I didn’t need all that.”

Davis: “I saw you at Media Day.”

Lynch: “When it was time to strap it up, though, it was game time.”

Davis: “Is it like what you thought it would be?”

Lynch: “It was more. I can’t even downplay the experience, though. Probably the best time I had was, when my family stepped off the plane, to see their facial expressions. My little sister went crazy – they did this little monster thing with these headphones, they wrapped one of these trucks up and it had my face all on it – she’s walking up to the truck, giving it kisses. I’m like, man, what are you doing?

“I think the biggest buildup now is preparing for next season. Because as soon as that was over, they ask you, ‘What’s going to happen next year?’ I’m like, damn, let me kick back and enjoy this one.”

Lynch on Skittles:

Lynch: “This was something just to calm my nerves. My mama put me on them. It just calmed my stomach down. I’d get excited and want to start throwing up everywhere, so I’d eat some Skittles and calm my stomach down then get back to the action.”

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  1. Great story Todd, thanks. I can’t wait to dial up the entire show tomorrow. Just the tidbit here says a lot. Makes you start to understand more why Lynch is the way he is with the media. He’s definitely a throw-back kind of a player. But he’s also someone that cares a LOT about family. I suspect he’s the kind of guy that once you earn his trust, he’ll do almost anything for you. But break that trust and you might as well be buried in the ground because you’ll never earn it back. I think that might be one reason he’s such a good fit with PC.

    On another note, if you guys haven’t seen this article it is well worth the 5 minutes to read and another 5 minutes to hear the music video. You might remember Ben Utecht, Ex-TE for the Colts. Pretty powerful stuff and a glaring example of why we need much more technology in the helmets these guys wear. http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/men-action/201406/ex-nfl-tight-end-suffering-memory-loss-writes-heartwarming-song-family

  2. Gotta love Beastmode

  3. Instagram would have had Strawberry snorting coke so that’s why he’s happy it wasn’t in his day.

  4. This may just be my new favorite quote…

    “so I’d eat some Skittles and calm my stomach down then get back to the action.”

  5. Ray_Maines says:

    Go ‘Hawks!

  6. It’s all about those Skittles, Boss….

  7. montanamike2 says:

    So true Bobby!

  8. banosser says:

    Perhaps a bit of social media would have forced the likes of Strawberry and Gooden to be clean/er.. and been responsible teammates and actual role models… instead of ‘thank goodness we didn’t have any social media so we could snort a much coke as humanly possible’

  9. In my head I read this using the Marshawn Lynch voice from media day.

  10. Southendzone says:

    Too bad all the addicts in the world never figured out all they needed was twitter and instagram to cure them.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    … Lindsay Lohan was overheard as saying.

  12. trout_hound says:

    Many professional athletes are legendary party animals – grown-ass men doing grown-ass men things. That’s why they go to exclusive clubs now with VIP rooms, to protect themselves from the likes of TMZ. Baseball players were especially famous taking things to the limit.

    Michael Horowitz wrote these entertaining tidbits:

    When the subject of baseball and drugs comes up, the story of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis and his celebrated “LSD No-Hitter” stands out above all others. On June 12, 1970, the 25-year-old pitcher was between starts, so he stayed back in his Los Angeles hotel while his team flew on to San Diego to play the Padres. Ellis invited his girlfriend over, and they dropped hits of acid around noon.

    As he tells it in his autobiography, In the Country of Baseball:

    “I had taken LSD … I thought it was an off day. That’s how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at 12 noon. At one, my girlfriend looked in the paper and said ‘Dock, you’re pitching today’.”

    The original starting pitcher for the Pirates was a last-minute scratch due to an injury. Dock’s girlfriend drove him to the airport for a 3 p.m. flight. With great difficulty, he managed to get to the ballpark on time. He was on the mound throwing the first pitch at 6 p.m. It was the first game of a two-night doubleheader against the Padres.

    “I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched, I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the catcher’s glove.”

    “The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes; sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn’t.”

    He saw comet-tails on every pitch. He was wild that evening, walking eight batters, but pitched that rarity — a no-hitter. For advocates of the mind-expanding properties of psychedelic drugs, this was the stuff of legend.

    Ellis waited until 1984 to reveal that he was on acid the night he achieved baseball immortality. Back in 1970, it would have been damaging to his career to make that admission publicly. By 1984 he was out of baseball, working as a drug rehabilitation counselor, and he decided to set the record straight.

    LSD wasn’t his only drug. Ellis sometimes swallowed 10-15 amphetamines before a game. “I was going out there on the average of 75 milligrams,” he says. “Some guys I pitched against, we would try to guess which one of us was higher.”

    Probably the most colorful and outspoken baseball player who is associated with drugs is Bill “Spaceman” Lee. Lee pitched for the Red Sox and the Expos from the late ’60s to the early ’80s. Toward the end of his career, he told reporters he smoked marijuana, which earned him both a strong admonition from the commissioner of baseball and a spot on the cover of High Times. A few years after he left the game, he wrote a memoir of his years in baseball (The Wrong Stuff, 1984) in which he blew the lid off drug use in the major leagues:

    Reporter: “I was wondering if the Red Sox club had a problem with marijuana.”

    Lee: “Hell, no …. I’ve been using that stuff since 1968 and I’ve never had a problem with it.”

    The next day, the headlines across North America read: “LEE ADMITS TO SMOKING MARIJUANA.”

    Lee noted that getting high can bring the players and fans together: “Drugs also serve as tokens of appreciation. While coming off the field in Montreal after throwing a good game, I would often find my path littered with small packets of hash.” He also wrote about doing mescaline and mushrooms, insisting that these substances did not harm a player’s performance as long as the drug use was balanced out with a good training regimen.

    Spaceman Lee on speed: “Amphetamines weren’t being used for kicks, they were being used to sober up. A player did not gulp down ‘greenies’ with the expectation that it would enhance his performance. He did it to get his pulse going on the morning after the night before.”

    As with the rest of America, the 1980s was the Decade of Cocaine for baseball, with headline-grabbing arrests of a number of superstars. The most famous of these were Steve Howe (ace closer for the Dodgers and Yankees), strikeout king Dwight Gooden, and slugger Darryl Strawberry (both of whom started their careers with the Mets and went on to play for the Yankees, with stops elsewhere). A few more famous players with a penchant for nose candy were Lamar Hoyt, a repeat 20-game winner with the Chicago White Sox, and speedster Lonnie Smith of the Atlanta Braves.

    Each of these players — and a number of others — were either caught with a small amount of cocaine in their possession or failed a drug test. Most were repeat offenders — Howe was an 8-time loser, while Strawberry was re-arrested just last spring. Unquestionably, their fame and importance as athletes counted greatly; all were sent to expensive rehab centers, and none of them did jail time, unlike hundreds of thousands who committed the same sort of (victimless) “crime.”

    There is no evidence that these players on-field performances suffered from their cocaine use. But they did have to cope with legal problems and the hits their reputations took from baseball writers and fans who toed the national anti-drug line. It was, after all, the era of Nancy Reagan, and ’80s anti-drug zealotry ensured that those who battled publicly with addiction earned instant pariah status.

    In earlier eras baseball players, including some of its shining stars, were serious alcoholics. Babe Ruth was a prodigious drinker, and greats like Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio lent themselves to cigarette advertisements that appeared in popular magazines like Life and Look during the ’40s and ’50s.

    As Dock Ellis wrote: “If parents need athletes as role models, they’re in trouble.”

  13. trout_hound says:

    Interesting article on our old pal Chris Harper and what he’s up to with the Packers: http://www.news8000.com/sports/harper-moves-in-hopes-to-move-up/26731882

  14. montanamike2 says:

    Nancy Reagan was misguided, if she really wanted to stop kids from doing drugs her slogan would have been, “just front me until my dad gets a job”.

  15. chuck_easton says:

    Of topic but…

    Happy Canada Day to my TNT family south of the border.

    Off to enjoy the sun, the festivities, and the fireworks tonight.

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