Thursday, July 30, 2009

Big Papi, Ramirez on 2003 List

        Two Red Sox who helped break the "Curse of the Bambino" in 2004 have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.  According to the New York Times, Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Dodgers (former Red Sox) outfielder Manny Ramirez are on the lists of players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003.

        I can't say I am surprised by Ortiz being linked to 'roids.  He was cut by the Minnesota Twins in 2002 and was signed by the Red Sox.  After that, Ortiz exploded, hitting 31 homers in a season he started as a backup.  He was no longer a backup after that and established himself as one of the best hitters in the game.

        Manny tested positive this year and is already back from his 50-game suspension.  Apparently Manny has been juicing for quite a while.  That's what this report tells me.

        When the Mitchell Report came out, everyone thought that the Yankees juiced themselves to championships because of their many players in the report.  Their bitter rival, the Red Sox, weren't exactly clean either.

        Ortiz was open about the report when interviewed after the Red Sox game today.  Ortiz said he will reveal details to the public about his PED use after he gets more information.  

        Big Papi's close friend Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said this about Ortiz being linked to PEDs: "This really, really hurts.  "I don't know what to think about this. I guess you just never know what people do in the dark."

        "I still love him but at the same time it's tough to hear that. I know it's going to be tough on him and tough on his family once this gets out. It's Big Papi, man, it's the Big Dog of Boston and he helped win two World Series with those guys, with the clutch hits. And now all those things are going to be tainted."

        Well said Torii, well said.

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