David “Big Papi” Ortiz has had enough time to gather his thoughts, consult with his agent, his public relations people, his union, his family and those who help him with big decisions.
It’s time for Ortiz to set the record straight.
The best scenario, in my mind, is for Ortiz is to take the approach Andy Pettitte took and face the media in an open forum, explain what happened and what was done. Granted Pettitte had to alter his story a bit after the fact, but his approach was executed out in the open. Pettitte apologized, explained his reasoning and since then, his life, compared with other cheaters/deniers, has been mostly manageable.
To be clear, the 2004 MLB test we keep hearing about that yielded 104 “positives” was for 28 different kinds of steroids. So if a player is on that list, he did steroids, not other PEDs like andro or amphetamines, but steroids. Here is a nice crib sheet for those keeping track.
No matter what the substance(s) Ortiz took, I just wish he’d come clean and get this issue quickly in the rear-view mirror. Baseball was and is a great sport, but it has been bogged down with this story. I can’t explain the disappointment I feel over the steroid link to Red Sox players, but it is what it is and I can take some solace in knowing that it was a league-wise problem, not unique to Red Sox players.
I wish the entire list of 104 names gets released just so we can quickly admonish those caught and so the lawyers leaking the names could move onto other destructive actions. As an aside, isn’t it just a matter of time before those attorneys leaking the names get in serious trouble? If the NYT can publish an article based on information that was illegally released, isn’t there some rough water ahead for those lawyers?
Lets hear it David, get it over with and allow us to focus on baseball again…at least until we have a reliable HGH test and we start this whole thing all over again.