The Big Apple Circus Was a Careless Mess
Ortiz Embarrasses Nation By Holding Us Hostage for 10 Days
And He Picks Yankee Stadium to Air His Dirty Laundry
David Ortiz's 10-Days Late Dog and Pony Show Didn't Pass the Smell Test
And All the Starry-Eyed No. 34 Jersey Wearers Need to Take a Shower
Los Angeles Times: David Ortiz Leaves Drug Questions Unanswered
Ortiz Says Nearly Nothing, and He Could Have Said It 10 Days Ago
Was That Sammy Sosa Or David Ortiz Up There Talking?
Yeah, Whatever He Said. Sincerely, Manny Ramirez
Survey: Are You Buying What Ortiz Is Selling?
Los Angeles Times: "Ten days after the New York Times reported Ortiz's name was on the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, 10 days after pledging not to 'hide' or 'make excuses,' Ortiz essentially did both.
Rather than coming clean, Ortiz took the easy way out, blaming the test results on nutritional supplements and vitamins he bought over the counter.
Rather than keeping his promise to reveal what he tested positive for, Ortiz took cover behind Michael Weiner, the top lawyer for the players' association, who said the union cannot give out that information." -- LA Times, Kevin Baxter, On Baseball
So Why Didn't David Deny Using Steroids Sooner?
He Doesn't Even Come Close to Providing an Answer ...
"Ortiz did not publicly discuss the revelation, at least not in depth, until more than a week had passed. Asked whether he regretted not [saying he 'never took steroids'] sooner, Ortiz would say only that “my name showed up on the list and I don’t know why. So I’ve got to find out, get some information, talk to the union to find out because I don’t know." (Huh??) -- Boston Globe
Howard Bryant, ESPN.com: "Ortiz said he never used steroids, and the public has the right to believe him or not, but then he said he did not know what substances he took, and offered no insight on what may have triggered a positive test.
"The reason for the charade, naturally, is both the level of the public breach when it comes to steroids and, for the elite player, the ultimate consequence of likely being barred from the Hall of Fame. But, it is a charade. If you took Weiner at his word, the entire steroids era has merely been a misunderstanding, naive but well-meaning guys mixing the wrong powders in their protein shakes.
"The common talk is for everyone to 'move on,' but truth and reconciliation cannot occur when the particulars -- management and players -- don't want to admit the truth."
More Nonsensical Statements from Big Phony...
"I never thought that buying supplements and vitamins, it was going to hurt anybody's feelings." -- David Ortiz, yep, that's what he thinks this is about...
New York Times: First Time the Union, MLB, Team, and Player
All Coordinated on the Same Page
If It Was a Supplement, It Was Probably 19-norandrostenedione
Federal Court Documents A Lot Clearer Than Red Sox Statement
"The team’s statement also mentioned 'substantial uncertainties and ambiguity surrounding the list of 104 names from the 2003 survey test,' adding: 'Indeed, there is even uncertainty about the number of players on this 2003 government list, whether it is 104, 96, 83, or less. Many of those uncertainties apparently relate to the use of then-legal nutritional supplements that were not banned by Baseball.'
"Federal court documents for the 2003 tests are less uncertain. They show that the government seized the records of only those players who tested positive for steroids. Whether Major League Baseball and the union considered them banned substances and whether they were a byproduct of legal substances is another matter." -- N.Y. Times, United Front Behind Ortiz Speaks Volumes
So the Blindsiding Was Bogus After All ...
Ortiz was told in August or September of 2004 that he were on a list attached to a grand jury subpoena issued by the government and met with MLBPA attorneys in September.
Ortiz Is Master of the Obvious:
"I don’t think this game could have been as good as it is without the fans"
How true. Without the fans dropping about $300 a night to watch him whiff, he wouldn't have half the wardrobe, or that little $13 million a year salary. It's a lot less when the seats are empty.
Meet the Flintstones Defense
After 10 Days, All We Get Is This Lousy
'Vitamins and Supplements' Excuse
'Vitamins and Supplements' Is the New Flaxseed Oil Excuse
Ortiz Doesn't Know What He Took?
Bottom Line Is A Man Knows What He Puts In His Body,
A Man With Millions at Stake Knows EXACTLY What He Puts In His Body