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.
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*