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Why is David Ortiz holding a news conference?

Aug 7, 2009, 10:33 AM EDT

From the “if it makes you feel better” department:

Red Sox star David Ortiz may soon provide more details about his 2003 drug test. The Boston slugger and incoming players’ union head Michael Weiner plan a news conference Saturday at Yankee Stadium before the Red Sox play New York . . .

. . . “I’m going to let you guys know what I’ve got. Period,” Ortiz said after the Yankees beat the Red Sox 13-6.

I don’t know how this serves anyone’s interest.  Certainly not the public’s.  Unlike the case with A-Rod and Manny, there hasn’t been a big “he must come clean!” groundswell with respect to Big Papi.  Probably because everyone knows that whenever a ballplayer makes a statement about these things all we get are prepared remarks which were in all likelihood crafted by legal counsel.  The union’s general counsel and future president, Michael Weiner, will be at Ortiz’s side tomorrow, so it’s not as if we should expect anything candid or all that interesting here.

A statement is not really in Papi’s interests either.  It’s still early, but doesn’t it seem like people are willing to go a bit easier on Ortiz than on other PED-implicated players? Maybe that’s because everyone always liked him.  Maybe it’s because he probably wasn’t a Hall of Fame case anyway and holds no records, so no one is too worried about what his legacy means.  Maybe it’s because his career is obviously winding down and there’s no sense in piling on.  Whatever the case, I don’t know that his situation is crying out for a P.R. offensive.

The final reason I think this is a bad idea is that, as I’ve mentioned several times before, the whole reason Ortiz’s name is out in PED land is because of someone’s illegal, unethical act.  It’s quite likely that the reason this scumbag is releasing these names is because he wants to make a spectacle out of these players and would like nothing more than to see them make this media perp-walk.  Why give him the satisfaction?

Ortiz’s positive test is more than six years-old.  It’s troubling and regrettable and all of that for the reasons so many people have stated so often, but it certainly doesn’t call for a news conference. 

Let it go, Papi.

  1. dcfan-1212450 - Aug 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Wow, what is the world coming to. I actually 100% agree with you Craig. Pointless. Should maybe have pulled a Manny Ramirez. Said nothing and still played well. Imagine what happens for Manny if the Dodgers win the world series.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 7, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    The reason for it, as I see it, is that Papi’s always been a stand-up guy, never hiding. For him to “hide” by not saying anything further would be out of character.

  3. pat - Aug 7, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    I find it absolutely absurd that Ortiz is getting a free pass on this. Manny has been given the same kid’s gloves treatment, ESPN even showed all of his games that he played in the minors WHILE SERVING A SUSPENSION. Compare how the media is treating them to how Arod was treated earlier this year.

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 7, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    I’d argue that A-Rod was treated way too harshly, that Manny is a circus anyway, so what happened with him isn’t likely to happen with anyone else, and that Papi, in fact, is being treated fairly reasonably.
    And even if you disagree with that, is A-Rod really the guy to compare Papi to? Papi is a really popular player. No one really cares for A-Rod too much. There’s no way he’s going to get the same treatment.

  5. Pat - Aug 7, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    I am sorry, I thought journalists and reporters were supposed to be fair and impartial, I guess I was mistaken.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 7, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    But we know that’s not the case. Columnists and talking heads aren’t reporting news. They’re doing opinion, as they’re totally allowed to do.

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