Turns out that not only did two of the most dynamic Red Sox players on the 2004 World Series Champion team test positive for steroids back in 2003, but one of them may be a hypocrite of gargantuan proportions.
Ortiz and Ramirez have both been named as being on the same list of 103 players that included A-Rod and Sammy Sosa. I should say ‘reportedly’ since most of these stories are coming from ‘anonymous sources’ and, as far as I know, there isn’t a single person who has seen the list first hand willing to go on the record.
Is the 2004 World Series trophy tainted? You bet it is. Along with the 1999 home run race, more than half of Roger Clemens Cy Young Awards, the single season home run record, the all time home run record, A-Rod’s MVP Award and probably 15 different things we haven’t learned about yet.
Was I shocked that Big Papi was named? Not as much as you would think. We’ve all seen what’s happened to his performance since testing has been implemented. A strange wrist injury followed by a dramatic drop in production. That his best friend on the team during that time has just come back from a 50 game suspension pretty much assured that Ortiz was either using with Manny or turning a blind eye to the entire thing.
I was worrying that this would also sully the amazing comeback against the Yankees in 2004 before remembering that their 2003 team that beat the Red Sox had Clemens and Pettitte and the 2004 team had A-Rod. I'll just assume that everyone was popping or shooting something just to even the playing field.
What really bothers me is Ortiz’ rant against steroid users earlier this year after A-Rod admitted using. Papi railed on about increasing the penalty for one full year if you test positive and that he would never – and had never – take steroids.
Turns out the Red Sox ambassador may have been lying through his teeth and has had his image as a lovable, straight shooting, no bullshit, man of honor flushed down the toilet along with his spent needles.
Sorry, Papi. I can forgive the steroid use, but the outright lying puts you in the same group as another confessed user that told Katie Couric he would ‘never’ use those same drugs.
You want my forgiveness? Out with it. Tell the world what was going on back then so we can get past this.
And, MLB, release all the names. Make the list public so we can see with our own two eyes who was using. Enough of this secrecy bullshit and the trickling of names dribbling out every other month. Anonymous tips and sources are a cop out.
Today’s distraction is below. Two entries in one day. You know it’s a special day when that happens.