It’s a tough day for the sanctimonious in Boston. According to the New York Times, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were on the infamous list of 103 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. They were pillars of the 2004 and 2007 championship team.
Only a fool would be surprised. Ortiz went from non-tendered in Minnesota to superstar in Boston. Then his power somehow vanished.
Ramirez, meanwhile, is obviously a serial cheater. How dumb is he? He tested positive in 2003 and then got caught again in 2008.
The players have to be furious with the MLB Players Association that this “anonymous survey test” has come back to cause so much trouble. Why were the names recorded? Why were the results never destroyed? Why do anonymous lawyers have the ability to leak the information? Dozens of players are terrified they will be next.
Yankee fans should not be smug about this. Virtually every organization is tainted. But at least this latest report balances out the comical slant of the Mitchell Report.
The immediate question is to what degree this news will affect the Red Sox. Boston has lost eight of its last 11 and Ortiz is already struggling, hitting .224 with only 13 home runs. Might Boston deal for a bat to try and change its fortunes?