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Quote of the Day: discounting Papi's apology

Aug 10, 2009, 10:59 AM EST

Truth is, we hold these guys to naively high standards, then expect not to be let down. The same guys ripping Ortiz, A-Rod, Clemens etc, etc. are the ones gulping the Cialis and getting Lasik. Personally, I don’t care anymore if David Ortiz has Dianabol in his Pez dispenser. I just want him to Man Up.

By now, the Five Stages of Denial are familiar: (1) Shock; (2) Denial (3) Indignance; (4) Slandering The Accuser and (5) Silence: “You must be joking. I didn’t do it. I can’t believe anyone would accuse me, after all I’ve done for the game. My accuser beats his wife and puts ketchup on his eggs. Under the advice of my attorney, I will have no further comment.”

Chronic sports liars, if they stay focused and follow the game plan, can find themselves in a weird parallel universe, in which the truth is whatever they’ve claimed it to be.

Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty, not buying what Papi was selling. 

Like I said on Friday, I’m not sure why Papi even bothered with the statement he gave. Part of that is because, like Daugherty notes, we can’t really expect anything genuine from such an exercise. Another part of that, however, is that no matter what these guys say, they’re never going to satisfy the Paul Daughertys of the world.

Daugherty said that he would have been satisfied if Ortiz had said “Damn right I did it” or words to that effect. I have no doubt that he would have been happy to hear such a thing — having a truly unapologetic steroid user would be great for columnists’ “juicers are evil” pieces — but I am quite dubious that he would be satisfied.

  1. izasmommy - Aug 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Yeah, if he is innocent because he’s “the kind of guy”… well then Clemens is innocent too… he thought he was getting B12 shots from his trainer…. They are all liars…. Big Pappi just made a joke out of himself…. Couldn’t hit a lick when he was with the Twins, goes to Boston and becomes the boy wonder…. yeah he did it without steroids and he just happened to have a growth spurt too.

  2. Jack Marshall - Aug 10, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    “The kind of guy” a player is has great relevance to whether he should be believed or not, certainly more than his occupation. Until Ortiz can explain exactly what he tested positive for, his disclaimers can’t be taken as conclusive or dispositive, but unlike, say, Miguel Tejada, this is not a player who has shown a past proclivity to lie. Clemens had his own trainer say under oath that Clemens took steroids, which is a great deal more incriminating than a positive test under the conditions the union describes.

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  4. Edward Yballe - Feb 19, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Very interesting read. Thanks.

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