Ortiz tested positive for steriod & ‘The Nation’ is shocked?

Honest Ortiz

Honest Ortiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the worst fears of Red Sox fans has apparently become a reality this afternoon. – Chad Finn, Boston.com

Enough with the dramatics. You’re really shocked that David Ortiz tested positive for steroids in 2003.  Really? He’s been giving us signs that this info could come out one day.  Exhibit A,  Boston Herald 2007:

“I tell you, I don’t know too much about steroids, but I started listening about steroidswhen they started to bring that (expletive) up, and I started realizing and getting to know a little bit about it,” Ortiz said Sunday. “You’ve got to be careful. . . . I used to buy a protein shake in my country. I don’t do that any more because they don’t have the approval for that here, so I know that, so I’m off of buying things at the GNC back in the Dominican (Republic). But it can happen anytime, it can happen. I don’t know. I don’t know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it.” (May 2007)

In a 2007 piece in ESPN magazine, Ian Gordon discuss the issue a lot of Latino players were having when it came to steroid testing and Papi was one of the stars who expressed his concerns with the testing.

Even before the positive tests started piling up, something felt wrong to Dominican star David Ortiz. In May 2005, Big Papi spoke out against the policy following the suspension of his former teammate, Twins pitcher (and Venezuelan) Juan Rincón. The Red Sox slugger was concerned that a language barrier was leading to confusion and more positive tests among Latino players. “You might think everyone’s got the message,” Ortiz said, “but they don’t.” ESPN Magazine June 2007

And let’s not forget the fact, that Ortiz did have a relationship with Angel Presinal. There were hints everywhere, yet the majority of the people out there ignored them. Evidently no one wanted to taint the image of greatness or ever consider if he was juicing when the Sox won in ’04. 

At the end of the day, past is the past and there’s really nothing we can do about it. If anything, we finally have the explanation to the physical breakdown we’ve been witnessing at the plate. He’s not the clutch performer we all grew to love in ’03 & ’04 and let’s not all be surprised if he comes up with a similar bs excuse that Manny did.

‘Oh I wasn’t on ‘roids – I just couldn’t get it up! It’s doctor prescribed! I swear!’ *eye roll*

The Twitter elite are having a field day with it. The New York fans are relishing in the fact that their not alone when it comes to being a safe harbor for cheaters and there’s a plethora of comments from delusional BoSox fans who actually thought Papi was clean and lived solely on his Mango salsa and Vitamin Water. Ahhhh to be so naïve. It must be nice. Even, Josh Bard commented on the news.

But I will say, one of the smartest statements I’ve read comes from writer,Danny Picard.

No surprise with Big Papi. I’ve said it since day 1: this entire list needs to be revealed, or we’ll be talking about it for years to come.

He’s right. Just release the rest of the names and end it already. Dragging it out only makes the situation worse. Although,A-Rod’s name was released in the spring, Manny’s name was released in May, Sosa’s was released in June and Oritz was released in July.  Who’s up for betting on the next name to be released in August?

I will say this, Papi should have kept his mouth shut during spring training when the steroids discussion started. Everyone remembers what he said and you know this soundbite will be repeated a lot tonight.

Thanks to Kristine Leahy of WEEI’s The 5  for posting the link on her Twitter.

Just remember, Sox fans, it could be worse.  We could be getting Edgar Renteria, Julio Lugo & Craig Hansen in a trade and signing them all for long-term deals. *shudders*

Advertisements

Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

2 thoughts on “Ortiz tested positive for steriod & ‘The Nation’ is shocked?

  1. Kyle July 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Cameron,

    You’re dead on. The Red Sox were favorite team after my Expos left town, and like many others, Big Papi was a favorite guy to watch. He was thoughtful, funny, intelligent and above all, a great hitter. What wasn’t to love about the guy?

    Never for a second did I think there was no chance that he was 100% clean.

    I know we live in an “innocent until proven guilty” society, but major leaguers have burned that bridge to the ground. Totally, and almost irreparably. To me, the VAST majority of players have taken, or continue to use something. The reward of the big payday, even for a 1 or 2 year career outweighs the risk. 1 or 2 years could set a person up for the rest of their lives. Players are always going to do it. Period.

    If Sox fans are burying their heads in the sand, then shame on them. If they believe that their guys are somehow different, somehow more virtuous than other ballplayers, then again, shame on them for being so naive and dumb.

    I don’t want to hear any more of the “yeah, but steroids weren’t banned in baseball!” argument. Nonsense. Lazy nonsense. They were banned, but there was previously no consequence for being caught. BUT – steroids have always against the law (which at last check supercedes MLB’s rules).

    So yeah, the Yankees are filthy, the Sox are filthy (Red and While for that matter), they’re all filthy.

    Is it a coincidence that Papi’s numbers have dropped dramatically now that testing is actually tougher now? Now that his buddy Manny has been popped? Now that there are consequences? I don’t think so. Take a look around baseball. I can’t prove it, but you can see guys who in the past couple years have come to camp 20+ pounds lighter (see Pudge Rodgriguez) and claim that they had to diet and drop some weight in order to lengthen their careers. Bull.

    Nobody, but nobody should be surprised about any name that comes out in the future. I won’t be.

    And furthermore, I won’t be surprised when the names start coming out for hockey players. That will be fun, because I think the majority of hockey fans believe that hockey players are the “good, honest guy who likes winter and beer”.

    More naive talk that smacks of denial.

    -Kyle

  2. […] baseball.  Jay-Z (who’s real name is Shawn Carter) recently filed suit against Boston Red Sox cheater…I mean…cough…slugger, David Ortiz.  Mr. Ortiz recently opened his own club in the Dominican […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: