A New Lease on Life

Fans show their support for Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz as he comes up to bat in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts August 10, 2009.
(Reuters)

... And It's Good to Touch, the Green Green Grass of Home

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"We desperately needed to find a way to win a game, and we did." -- Tito, whose worst week ever is over


Pandemonium for Big Papi at Fenway! ...

Fans show their support for Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz as he comes up to bat in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts August 10, 2009.
(Reuters)

... Not Exactly. Outside of These Two Plants, You Could Hear a Needle Drop When David Stepped to the Plate Last Night

Daily News: After Feasting on A-Rod Coverage, ESPN Offers Little on David Ortiz
Despite All the Papi-ganda By MLB, MLBPA, the Red Sox, ESPN, and NESN
And Contrary to What Some Misguided Media Types Would Have You Believe,
Truth Is, Only a Lowly 30 Percent of Red Sox Fans Believe David Ortiz

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show this morning: "This is the roadmap, the next name leaks out, the next player knows what to do. It's the Ortiz defense, There's no need for anybody to fall on their sword the way Alex Rodriguez did... he [A-Rod] feels liberated, he's a much freer person now... no regrets on his part."

"I'm not even sure what that [careless use of vitamins and supplements] means? What does that mean 'careless use of over-the-counter vitamins and supplements'? ... If he came out and said that was the case [that Ortiz used androstenedione] then it would be more believable. It sounds like this is the life raft that he's clinging to, that the union gave him. ... I would have felt much better if the day he was confronted, he said, 'Listen, I don't know what's in those results, but I guarantee you I never used steroids.' Why did it take 10 days to say that? Your reputation and your career is on the line at that point and you don't say you never took steroids until 10 days later when you have a union rep sitting next to you? I do have a problem with that because if that is in fact true, why didn't you offer that up Day 1, first minute? "

BDD -- Survey Said

The Investigation Continues ...

David Ortiz attends Vitaminwater's MLB All-Star week celebration at Hudson Terrace on July 14, 2008 in New York City.
(Getty Images)

Was Ortiz Careless with His Consumption of Vitaminwater?

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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