It’s not surprising to hear about Bill Lee eyeballing governorship of Vermont. The former Red Sox southpaw recently announced that he’s running for governor of his home state on the Liberty Union Party ticket, running on a platform that includes legalizing marijuana, introducing single-payer health care, and bringing baseball back to Montreal. Lee finished his career with the Montreal Expos in 1982, who have since moved to Washington where they became the Nationals in 2004. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Bill Lee running for public office in support of such eccentric ideas.
Lee ran for president in 1988 as a member of the Rhinoceros Party, pledging to bulldoze the Rocky Mountains so that Alberta could see a few more minutes of sunlight every day. While many might see Lee’s eccentric personality as strange, no one can say it’s not entertaining.
Lee is remembered as one of the more colorful members of the Boston Red Sox of the 1970s. During his pitching days with the Red Sox, Lee claimed that he sprinkled marijuana on his pancakes every morning before jogging to Fenway Park to pitch. The marijuana, Lee claimed, immunized him from bus fumes. While Lee hasn’t been shy about his support for the legalization of marijuana, he was also one of the more vocal supporters of Civil Rights in Boston in the late 1970s when the city’s policy to integrate its school system though its busing system was met with backlash. Lee also isn’t afraid to stand up for himself and his team. During the 1975 World Series, Lee berated an umpire for a bad call and threatened to bite his ear off. “I would have Van-Goghed him!” Lee exclaimed later (he didn’t bite anyone that we know of).
Whether Bill Lee eyeballing governorship is something we should take seriously or not is yet to be determined. But one this is for sure, it’s going to be entertaining to see “Spaceman” debate his opponents!