Now that the Red Sox World Series winning celebrations have wrapped up in Boston, I can address something that has rubbed a lot of New York Yankees and
baseball fans the wrong way.
After his name leaked, Ortiz played the blame game for a week. He did admit to taking supplements that he had purchased at a GNC in his native Dominican Republic and that he would look into it.
Ortiz pretty much discounted that he failed a PED test, and the usually ferocious media followed suit.
Unfortunately, other players, like A-Rod, did not get the same pass as Big Papi.
A-Rod decided to come clean and publically admit that he had used PEDs before taking the test. And he has been ridiculed as baseball’s supreme cheater ever since.
Looking back, maybe A-Rod should have contrived some story to the media like Ortiz did.
Rather than take the harder, honest route it seems that gas lighting the media and the sport of baseball itself has worked out better for many other stars.
No doubt, A-Rod has lent plenty of reasons for the media to have a field day with him as he always seems to be linked to trouble.
But David Ortiz hasn’t exactly been an angel himself.
Here is an excerpt from the article, but I recommend reading it in its entirety.
It will make you wonder how MLB could have handed this man the MVP of the World Series, while trying to kick A-Rod out of the sport entirely. You got to play fair…right?
Ortiz also trained with Angel Presinal, whose clients include outed PED users Juan Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, and yes Alex Rodriguez. Presinal was banned by baseball after getting caught with a bag of steroids, but Ortiz still loves him.
Red Sox fans, when they’re rarely willing to acknowledge the evidence of PED use among some of their own, will say “it was the steroid era, every one did it,” but they were singing a different tune for many years before. They were chanting “steh-roids” at Jose Canseco in the 80s, Jason Giambi in the 90s, and were ecstatically self-righteous after George Mitchell outed a bunch of Yankees in 2007. The “everybody did it” narrative began the moment Ortiz was outed in 2009 and lasted exactly as long as it took for A-Rod to get busted again (this time in the Biogenesis scandal earlier this year).
Honestly, I wouldn’t harp on Ortiz’s PED past at all, if it weren’t for his unconvincing denials (also much like Barry Bonds) and Red Sox Nation’s continued collective delusion that that they are the only organization whose players become pure saints as soon as they put on the uniform. To their credit, it isn’t just Yankee players whose PED use they harp on — the Fenway faithful made fools of themselves chanting “steh-roids” at Jhonny Peralta (another Biogenesis client) during this year’s ALCS.
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