Someone called into ESPN Radio 104.5 in Albany, New York and identified themselves as former Major League Baseball player and New York Yankees player Shane Spencer. What followed was a incredible interview where a ex-Major Leaguer admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and implicated his former teammates, some innocent, some previously implicated.
“I can’t say that I never dabbled, but for the bulk of my career I had never been involved with steroids,” Spencer told ESPN Radio’s Mike Lindsley.
For instance he said there was “no question” that pitcher Roger Clemens used them. He also said “it would be extremely naive” to believe that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera didn’t use steroids or PEDs.
The audio, via Deadspin:
(the steroid stuff is at the beginning, but the Jeter and Rivera stuff comes in around 10 minutes)
News Day posted a story about the interview and one way or another it reached the Yankees clubhouse. After hearing it Jeter had Charlie Wonsowicz call the real Shane Spencer, who is the hitting coach for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.
That is when the real Shane Spencer heard it.
“I listened to (the interview) for about a minute and I about threw up,” Spencer told ESPN New York. “I just want it out there that it wasn’t me.’
Shane Spencer called up to the radio station to inform them that they had been duped and it was not him previously on the phone.
“I start listening to the link and I probably didn’t get one minute into it and obviously I could tell that wasn’t me by the voice. And then I just started talking about me actually doing steroids which I was appalled and outraged and you obviously got a phone call back from me this afternoon.”
“It’s just very disappointing that someone would call in and use my name and put down my former friends and, you know, pretty much are teammates that are practically my family coming up through the Yankee organization. I’m just disappointed that it even came to this.”
Spencer provided the following statement to the station:
“In response to an interview that ESPN Radio 104.5 FM host Mike Lindsley claims to have done with me on Tuesday afternoon, I would like to set the record straight that I did not participate in any such interview.”
“Someone called into the station claiming to be me and spoke on my behalf regarding some very sensitive topics surrounding baseball. This caller spoke as me about topics ranging from steroids, to my time with the New York Yankees, Roger Clemens, and my feelings about the great Mariano Rivera.”
“I am outraged that someone would do this and at the same time disappointed that the station believed it to be me despite not coming from the contact information they had for me.”
“I am hearing about this interview from friends, family, former teammates, and fans. It is very disappointing that someone was able to go on the air as me and speak for me about these topics.”
“I would like to set the record straight that the interview was not done with me and all the opinions were not mine.”
The station has gone into damage control and released the following statement:
“Yesterday we ran an interview we thought was with Shane Spencer. Unfortunately, after the interview was aired, we learned that the interview was with an imposter. During the interview, the Spencer imposter said that he used performance enhancing drugs and accused other players of doing the same while pretending to be Spencer…We, along with Shane, share the opinion that such criminal actions are not funny, have no sense of purpose, are bad for the individuals involved, and are bad for baseball as well as radio in general.”
In the end the Captain came to save the day again.