Wade Boggs, who played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, waves to the fans before throwing out the first pitch before the Chicago Cubs played the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 in Chicago. // 4. Wade Boggs, ‘sex addict’ (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Wade Boggs, who played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, waves to the fans before throwing out the first pitch before the Chicago Cubs played the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 in Chicago.

It was a tough year for Wade Boggs when, in 1989, the Hall of Famer began to receive a wave of media attention for everything but his work playing third base. After he ended their four-year relationship in 1988, a former mistress filed a $12 million lawsuit against Boggs, claiming damages for the job he allegedly had her leave to accompany the Boston Red Sox on summer road trips. The woman, Margo Adams, eventually aired the couple's dirty laundry with an interview in Penthouse, forcing Boggs to go on the defensive. The eight-time Silver Slugger award winner claimed he suffered from a sex addiction, telling the local media he was recovering from the "disease" in one of the more memorable uses of third-person storytelling. "I feel that a disease was overtaking Wade Boggs and it just did for four years," he was quoted in the St. Petersburg Times. "You have to learn by the mistakes you make in life. Wade Boggs is doing that and he is going to be a better person through all of this."