Big Cheat, Or Is He?
What a day! What a freaking day! While I planned on writing about trades all day, I got something better. David “Big Papi” Ortiz has officially joined THE LIST, the PED 2003 List. At least that’s what the New York Times has been reporting today and you know what how can you not believe them? Every name that’s been leaked so far has been correct.
First to my Red Sox fans, I’ve got plenty of them. I want to be a good friend and say I feel for ya, everything will be ok. But I just can’t. When it comes to Manny Ramirez I can, cause he’s addressed the issue this year and even served his time for it. But when it comes to David Ortiz, I just can’t be the good friend. Not at all, Not one bit.
In the end David Ortiz is a cheat! Nothing but a cheat! Wait, I think. Wait, I can’t. Nope, I’m not going to call him a cheat. If I did, I’d be just as hypocritical as he is.
When Alex Rodriguez was named, when Andy Pettitte was named and even when Roger Clemens was named, I replied who cares. They may have taken the substances but when they did they weren’t banned. I’ve said that with Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
David Ortiz was named as being on the 2003 list when the substances weren’t banned, not in 2009 like Manny Ramirez was. Therefore David actually nothing wrong, he did what he felt was best for his career. The problem is the harsh words he’s used since the testing was enacted.
“I would suggest everybody get tested, not random, everybody,” he said. “You go team by team. You test everybody three, four times a year and that’s about it.” And if they tested positive? “Ban ‘em for the whole year.”
That’s what he said when testing was started and players were still getting caught. Looking deeper in the situation you can see the brilliance in this man. I’m actually convinced this man is a genius, or actually just a master at the art of word play.
Let me explain.
Here was Ortiz’s response to testing in February.
“I think you clean up the game by the testing,” Ortiz said Monday. “I know that if I test positive by using any kind of substance, I know that I’m going to disrespect my family, the game, the fans and everybody, and I don’t want to be facing that situation.” … “So what would I do? I won’t use it, and I’m pretty sure that everybody is on the same page.”
Looking at that, he’s actually saying how the game should be cleaned up. He said he won’t use it. He never said he actually never used it, just that he won’t.
When conversations turned the 2003 list and the federal probe into it. His response was much like mine, who cares it wasn’t banned
“All the drama, bringing that to court and acting like those [are] serious criminals, it doesn’t look good for the game,” Ortiz said. “It’s not like something that is happening right now. Everybody that has been taken to court, it’s because they did it in the past when it wasn’t banned from the game.”
Now knowing what we know, we can see he was defending the players in baseball and in a way defending himself. He even added that the percentage at the time of players not using was very low. Something that could of and should of hinted that he was probably using too.
“I would say it was certainly low, the percentage that wasn’t using it. Like he said in the interview [with ESPN], that was what was going around the league at the time.”
There’s something even more telling thou. In today’s New York Times article there is one section that everyone is ignoring. Everyone is so focused on Papi once using that they’re missing something very big.
In 2007, Ortiz said that he used to buy a protein shake in the Dominican Republic when he was younger and did not know if it contained a performance-enhancing drug.
“I don’t do that anymore because they don’t have the approval for that here, so I know that, so I’m off buying things at the GNC back in the Dominican Republic,” Ortiz told The Boston Herald. He added: “I don’t know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it.”
He basically did admit in 2007 that he could of been taking banned substances and stopped. This would naturally be due to testing. He used the same tired excuses of youth and not knowing, but still he planted the seeds of doubt. Something all of us failed to notice.
So yes, I really believe David Ortiz is a genius, a master of word play. He’s much like my buddy over at Josh Q Public, he can spin words like no other. The hurt, the laughter, and the anger in the baseball world today should be focused on Ortiz but he shouldn’t be called a cheat.
He should face the wrath of the baseball world for how he has mislead everyone over the past few years. He’s made himself out to be a poster boy for the non-steroid player, when in fact he was not and knew he was not.
Everything that’s thrown upon him these next few days is well deserved and his own fault. He’s got to come public and apologize. He’s got to come out and put on that Big Papi charm that made Boston fall in love with him.
As long as he’s saying “no comment” he’ll be labeled a cheat, actually he always will be.
But just like A-Rod, Clemens, Pettitte, Bonds, Sosa and McGwire, he really isn’t. They just played the game the way it was played at that time.
David’s problem is he led us all on and made us all believe he didn’t play that way.