30 Jul 2009
The Times is reporting that David Ortiz failed the same drug test in 2003 that A-Rod did. In addition, Manny Ramirez also failed that test.
I have said all along that I think baseball players just need to come out as a group and admit what they did. Having the news come out in fits and starts damages the game more than a huge mea culpa would.
As for Ortiz, this report certainly makes his statement from February hard to understand. At the time he said the following:
"I think you clean up the game by the testing. I test you, you test positive, you’re going to be out. Serious. I know that if I test positive for using any kind of substance, I know that I’m going to disrespect my family, the game, the fans, and everybody. I don’t want to be facing that situation, so what I will do, I won’t use."
I hope that Yankees’ fans do not celebrate this news. This doesn’t invalidate any championships Boston won it just makes it clear that the Red Sox’s cheaters were better than the Yankees’ cheaters in 2004 and 2007. That is the sad truth of all of this.