NY Daily News wrote:With David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez on 2003 steroids list, Boston's 2004 title is tainted
Friday, July 31st 2009, 4:00 AM
David Ortiz is greeted by Red Sox manager Terry Francona after hitting a homer Thursday.
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We don't want to hear it anymore.
We don't want to hear the boos, or the chants about A-Rod, or the self-righteous chatter on your talk radio. The Red Sox are as dirty as the Yankees now, and Boston has nothing to lord over us anymore. People in plastic syringes shouldn't throw stones.
The Manny Ramirez suspension this season was one thing. You could disown him easily enough, claim that maybe he just started cheating at the sight of Joe Torre in his own Dodger dugout. But now your precious David Ortiz - your beloved Big Papi - is also on that 2003 steroids list, according to the New York Times. Ortiz said the players union Thursday confirmed that his name was on the list.
It's like Derek Jeter testing positive - except, of course, he hasn't.
Ortiz and Ramirez were reportedly doing it back in 2003, which means the drugs were still likely in effect for October, 2004. And you remember what happened in 2004, don't you? Your two best hitters took the Yankees apart in a historic, we-never-hear-the-end-of-it comeback. Ortiz batted .387 with three homers and 11 RBI in that seven-game series. Ramirez batted .300 with a .400 on-base percentage.
Except it turns out your dragon slayers were every bit as tainted as Roger Clemens (wasn't he a Red Sox once?), Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi. They weren't knights in shining armor so much as artificially enhanced storm troopers.
Ortiz smacked a walk-off two-run homer off Paul Quantrill in Game 4, that pivotal 6-4 Red Sox victory, scoring Ramirez in the 12th. He hit a homer in the bottom of the eighth off Tom Gordon in Game 5, during another comeback win. In that same game, Ortiz knocked the walk-off single in the 14th off Esteban Loaiza.
He slammed one last homer in Game 7, that 10-3 disaster at Yankee Stadium.
Ortiz killed the Yankees. Destroyed them. He always has. Now we know why. You know why, too.
It was all a charade. That long-haired, rebel band of Red Sox was no better than the buttoned-down white-collar cheaters in pinstripes. Neither side ever met a PED it didn't like.
This makes Ortiz a liar, like all the others. Maybe worse. You can go back to his recent quotes about how major league baseball should dole out stricter punishment to proven steroid offenders, or even further back about how he has been persecuted because of his size.
"They pick me (to be tested) every time," Ortiz told the Boston Globe, in 2005. "I don't know why. I don't know if it's because I'm a big guy, or what, but all I know is all they are going to find is a lot of rice and beans."
They found more than that in 2003, according to this report. When we revisit Ortiz's stats we examine them under a different lens. We see how he hit 18 and 20 homers for the Twins in 2001 and 2002, then erupted for 31, 41, 47 and 54 homers with the Red Sox the next four years. If he were a righthanded batter, we might say this was mostly a Fenway boost. But he isn't. We have some different ideas.
When the Mitchell Report first came out, it was all about the Yankees. There were big-name Yankees, such as Clemens, Pettitte, Giambi, Kevin Brown and Chuck Knoblauch. There were lesser Yankees, such as Denny Neagle and Randy Velarde.
At the time, a few skeptical observers pointed out that George Mitchell was a director of the Boston Red Sox, but that wasn't really why it came down that way. Mitchell and his commission chased the drug story for two years and ended up with just two meaningful sources. One of them was Brian McNamee, a former bullpen catcher, batting-practice pitcher and strength coach for the Yankees. The other was Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse attendant.
The bulk of investigative work was inevitably New York-based, just as the earlier BALCO investigation ended up targeting Bay Area athletes.
The leaks have become less geographically discriminating. Those names on the 2003 list are likely from all over the country, from every small- and big-market franchise.
And we here in New York can breathe a bit easier. It's not that we're proud of what the Yankees became. It's just that we don't want you to be proud of your team up there in Boston.
Looks like Fenway was as dirty as the Bronx.
You can stop hugging 2004 now.
Now I wonder if the 2004 World Series win by the Boston Roidsox will have an asterisks next to their name.
ps. Now the whole A-Roid talk about the Yankees takes on a different perspective. How the masses take a 180 turn, but then again this is Boston.