Posted by: Jeremy | July 30, 2009

Surprise of the century: Big Papi is a juicer



David Ortiz used steroids? The David Ortiz? The one that was a washout for the first six years of his career, then suddenly turned himself into one of the most feared sluggers in the league, only to see his production fall off the table since the Mitchell Report was published in 2007 and Major League Baseball actually started seriously disciplining users? Tell me something I don’t know. The worst-kept secret in baseball became official today, as Ortiz and Manny Ramirez’s names were released as being among the 104 players listed for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

Ortiz and Ramirez’s names were the only two published today from a list that is slowly becoming public, starting with the outing of Alex Rodriguez in February. Ramirez, of course, was already suspended for 50 games this season after a positive test in May, but evidence he and Ortiz were juicing as far back as 2003 should do its part in tainting Boston’s World Series wins in 2004 and 2007. ESPN’s Bill Simmons already confronted that fear a few months ago in light of Ramirez’s suspension.

Personally, I find this development hilarious. If Ortiz’s out-of-whack production didn’t make his steroid use blatant enough, then why didn’t anyone bat an eye when he was linked to A-Rod’s infamous cousin in Spring Training? I definitely thought something of it. Anyway, it should be fun to see which Boston player is outed next. One thing is sure, though — Pedro Martinez was definitely using something illegal in his hair in 2004.



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