He was named after Hall of Famer Willie Mays…
The man would become the hitting star of the 1980 World Series for the Kansas City Royals. He would also spend nearly a lifetime in prison for selling a small amount of cocaine.
Willie Mays Aikens – mostly because he was not too bright – ended up getting run over by a truck.
The truck’s name: Federal Law Enforcement, in this case the D.E.A.
Aikens just had a book written about his life titled, SAFE AT HOME. Reviews have been good. Willie was a solid hitter with the Kansas City Royals from 1980-83. He’s best known for the four home runs hit in a losing cause against the Philly’s in the 1980 World Series.
Yes sir, it was quite a year, maybe the best ever in Royals’ history.
I know, we won it all in ’85, but in 1980 everything was fresh. George Brett nearly hit .400 (ending up at .390 and becoming a true baseball icon). Brett hit the shot against the New York Yankees in the playoffs that sent KC to the World Series and sent everyone in Kansas City to their feet, cheering, screaming, even crying….what a year!
And Willie Mays Aikens was a big part of the winning. He was always around 20 plus homers and batted around .280 each year. A big man.
Problem was it was the time of celebrity COCAINE use.
The 1980’s were the cornerstone of the snorting coke era. Believe me, a boatload of ball players went to that party – way more than just Willie and his little gang. A gang that included Willie Wilson and others.
Names that might shock you, but we can let that all of that go now.
Sure glad they arrested Roger Clemens for using steroids and lying about it. We’ll all be safer if Rog goes to prison, right? Lets make an example of baseball’s best pitcher since Sandy Koufax or Nolan Ryan. Sure.
After Aikens career slowed down, he ended up in the Mexican baseball world. And more coke.
He said" "I would do three lines and a shot of vodka and be high for 24 hours..I loved it."
This while he hit .280 and jacked 23 homers in KC. Maybe we should get some of today’s…nah..forget it.
So poor Willie hit bottom, got a low level bust in the early 90’s, did some rehab time, got out and was right back at it.
But this time a girl got him destroyed.
Aikens was not a dealer, he was a user. Users often sell small amounts of dope to buy theirs. The feds are WELL AWARE OF THIS. Dealers, real ones, try and make millions, not hundreds or a couple g’s.
Aikens just wanted sex and to get high in his hotel room.
It was 1994, he still had a bit of a name and a female KC cop decided to make hay with Willie’s life.
It might help her career. So she sets the poor schmuck up. He sells her a small amount of coke turned to rock – as in crack – so you can smoke it instead of snorting it. The feds at the time were on a witch hunt for crack dealers. SEND THEM TO HELL!!!
And Aikens, the cop said had a gun in his room, lots of players probably did at times. Didn’t the Dallas Cowboy’s coach go to the airport with a handgun?
So he gets busted, is offered a plea deal, rat out the guys above you. And it’s likely they weren’t too big anyway, so maybe he could just get 5-10 years. Clearly he was entrapped because he was not a dealer per se, just a junkie.
But on the new federal guidelines, he was facing 15 years and the gun added five more.
Willie had just an okay lawyer. Nobody really helped him and he got the full boat.
Was it fair? Of course not. He was a nobody who once played some pro ball and still had a bit of a name.
LET’S MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF THE GUY…ruin his life…and we can all sleep better at night.
I know in those days you could get a 2/3 time served, but they even changed that to 85%. Damn, this poor s.o.b. got jacked and hard. Sammy the Bull got zero time for ratting Big John Gotti out. Sammy admitted to killing at least 14 men – hits – no big deal, I guess. But that couple of grams of blow and 20 years, baby. We’ll show you.
Today Willie has a job with the Royals as a coach. Thank you, Kansas City Royals.
Where were you though when they took this man’s life?
I think a year or two at a drug prison camp would have been more than enough, huh?
The lesson here is this…do not screw with United States Federal Law Groups.
THEY HAVE NO RULES…NONE…THEY NEED NO EVIDENCE TO PUT YOU AWAY…NONE…NONE…JUST THEIR SAY SO.
This is just a small example of how unfair our system works.
I know, if you don’t like it, try Russia. I get it, but we are better than this, aren’t we?
Over crowded prisons with 90% low level drug cases…enough already. Violent crime is the key, busting up gangs. We all know the right thing to do – we just don’t care. Until it happens to us or a family member. And too often, in time it does just that.
I wish Willie Mays Aikens well, he deserves a chance, and lord knows he got royally screwed.
Yes, he made his bed, but the punishment was way, way over the top.