David Ortiz, as I and many others had suspected, is one of the 103 players who tested positive for PED's in 2003. Surprise, surprise!! It looks like the player who was one of the most feared left-handed sluggers from 2003 to 2007, did all with the help of PED's. He Reversed The Curse in Boston, he brought them two World Series Championships in 2004 and 2007, he won an MVP award, and made multiple All-Star Game appearances, and all of this took place after he was cast overboard like dead wood by the Minnesota Twins. How!?! Does Minnesota have no eye for spotting legendary power hitters? Do the Boston Red Sox have a crystal ball that can see the future? A closer look at his numbers points to a more scientific (medical) explanation for his rise to legendary status in Boston.
Ortiz played in Minnesota from 1997 to 2002, where he hit a mere 58 HR's over that six-year span. In Boston, starting in 2002, he would hit 20, 31, 41, 47, 54 and 35 HR's each consecutive year until 2007, right around the time MLB (or Congress) started to crack down on PED users. Granted, in Minnesota he was forced to miss all but a combined 25 games in 1997 and 1999, and then half of the season in 2001 due to injuries to his wrists knees, but that does not explain the ridiculous power surge after arriving in Boston. He went from being a very forgettable player with brittle wrists and tattered knees in Minnesota, to being a fan favorite who could demoralize any pitcher in the game with just one swing of his bat while with the Red Sox.
If you ask me, it is plain as day that Big Papi was on something other than his famous mango salsa. Something he swore he never did, and as of today, will not comment on the allegations. That is not something anyone would expect from an innocent man.
As for Manny Ramirez, it's really no surprise. When he tested positive this year for a steroid masking agent, I was convinced he had been juicing for years prior. The reports of him and Papi juicing in 2003 were more confrimation than revelation for me. What does surprise me is that he continued to cheat in 2009, after all that has happened with Congress and the implementation of MLB's new PED testing policies. But that is just another case of Manny being Manny I guess...
The sad thing is this list of 103 names should have been burned and MLB should be on its way to repairing its image of being pone giant locker room injecting itself in the ass with who knows what. Since the list was not destroyed, it should be made public, so that everyone can see it, rather than having one or two names spoonfed to us as if we can't handle it.
So lets see tha damn list. Lets see who else belongs along side Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Troy Glaus, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, and the rest of these shamers. Is it Curt Schilling? Luis Gonzalez? Alfonso Soriano? Roy Halladay? Vlad Guerrero? Tell us. We can handle it. It's Schilling, isn't it!?!?