Boston Red Sox Legend And Future Hall of Famer David Ortiz Blames The New York Yankees On Leaked Drug Test Results From Eight Years Ago
One thing David Ortiz has always been is vocal and not afraid to tell it how it is. And now in retirement Big Papi is still thinking about the past, and rightfully so.
What has gotten Ortiz mad is something that happened eight years ago when a drug test of his was leaked to the New York Times. In 2009, the Times identified Ortiz as one of 104 players who tested positive for performance enhancing-drugs during a preliminary round of testing in Spring Training 2003. The results were supposed to remain anonymous, but they were never destroyed.
Ever since then, Oritz has been on the record multiple times trying to dispute the claims made by the report. Ortiz has said multiple times that he does not know what he tested positive for, saying nobody has helped him identify the substance. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred backed up those questions during a visit to Fenway Park last October, when he said it’s “entirely possible” Ortiz didn’t test positive for steroids in 2003.
During an interview with WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Keefe Friday, when the conversation went to the report, Ortiz took an interesting route and blamed the leak of the information on divisional rival, the New York Yankees.
“What was the reason for them to come out with something like that?” he asked. “The only thing that I can think of, to be honest with you, a lot of big guys from the Yankees were being caught. And no one from Boston. This was just something that leaked out of New York, and they had zero explanation about it.”
Gene Orza, the former MLB Players Associating Chief Operating Officer, told the New York Daily News there’s no way the Yankees unmasked Ortiz’s name, since clubs didn’t have access to the list.
No matter what, Big Papi has fought the allegations and will continue to fight the report until the day he dies.
Nobody came to me after, nobody came to me before, nobody came to me ever to tell me that I test positive for any kind of steroids,” he told Dale & Holley with Keefe. “This was just something that leaked out of New York. They have still no explanation about it. It was just, ‘You’re name was there.’ I was like, ‘Oh, ok. See how that works.’ It’s not up to me anymore, about the Hall of Fame. I think I did what I was supposed to. I worked extremely hard to represent (Boston) the way I did.”
I have general given Ortiz the benefit of the doubt on this one, if he was on steroids they would have caught it again at some point or would have suspended him like they did to Manny Ramirez who was also named in the New York Times piece eight years ago.
Ultimately there was an era in baseball where steroids and PED’s were a common occurrence in locker rooms around the country, every team had players taking something. The question will always come back to what they were taking, Ortiz said he got everything over the counter at a GNC and that could have been what he had tested positive for, and you know what? That is good enough for me.