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Red Sox CEO Tom Werner goes after the media for making unfounded accusations against Red Sox players

May 10, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

John W. Henry, Tom Werner AP

This is somewhat unusual: Tom Werner, the CEO of the Boston Red Sox has taken to to respond to Dan Shaughnessy’s accusing questions to David Ortiz about PED use and various media members’ accusations against Clay Buchholz about doctoring the baseball:

I fully acknowledge the right the media has to ask difficult questions and to express controversial opinions. Freedom of the press is fundamental in our culture.

They had the right, but was it right?

We’re in a new media world, and fact-less accusations stick.  Those who publicly ask questions must take responsibility for their words … In today’s media world, the question — even if it’s false, inflammatory and without real basis — can become the story.

I get this. Particularly in the case of David Ortiz (the Buchholz accusations seem to have at least some basis to them). He’s upset about it and understandably so.

At the same time: the Red Sox front office has been notorious for years for floating anonymous smack about people against whom they have a beef, including to the very Boston Globe which Werner is now criticizing. So maybe, just maybe, there is a culture there to which his organization as at least partially contributed, yes?

  1. djpostl - May 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    No. No.

    Only the Red Sox can play that game, preferably once they low ball a player and he is about to leave via free agency.

    • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      They never do this….the trash a player first, THEN they trade him….or they fire a manager and wait to see if people liked the move and proceed accordingly.

      • sabatimus - May 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        I gotta come up with a new example, but every time I read something like this I think of Carlton Fisk.

      • djpostl - May 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Hell, it’s gotten to point where you can predict when it starts. As a guy approaches that point where it appears he might go test free agent waters they start planting seeds, undercutting his value, then when he is offended and leaves for a similar (or better) offer they unleash the hounds.

    • badintent - May 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      When Tommy bought the Padres back in the 80’s with his Oprah money,( he was her investor for her show, made hundreds of millions in syndication) he hired cronies and ran the team into the ground. I managed a player luncheon for the team at his house, the team had lost and he whined about it like a little girl giving a speech to the team. Pathetic.

  2. El Bravo - May 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. Let’s see if that one picks up any steam…

    • aceshigh11 - May 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      No, no…Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

      You’ve gotta really twist that knife by emphasizing the “otherness” of the President.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Doesn’t matter, it’s all Bush’s fault anyway. All of it, recessions, polio, the cancellation of Alf.

        All of it.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Yeah, but the difference between blaming Obama and blaming Bush is that everything really is Bush’s fault.

      • badintent - May 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        I feel a Donald Trump comment coming on……………………………….
        Didn’t Red Sox owners and management go through this same crap last year because of Bobby V ?? Pathetic ownership ! Boston Fans deserve better.

    • sabatimus - May 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      We’re not on the Yahoo threads; the commenters there would take you seriously.

  3. conman243 - May 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Last paragraph- Wener should be spelled. Wernsr

  4. conman243 - May 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Last paragraph – Wener should be spelled Werner.

  5. bigleagues - May 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Yawwwwwwwwwn. Another day, another sensationalized Red Sox story.

    Buchholz does nothing more to get a good grip on the ball than ANY OTHER pitcher in baseball does.

    David Ortiz tested positive for a still UNNAMED possibly banned substance in 2003, that the Players Union & MLB baseball both defended Papi for (and yet let ARod dangle in the wind) – and since then? NOTHING


    And yet the speculation lingers. Why? Because because people, in general, are straight up retahded.

    And yes, that’s the best I myself will offer as an explanation for this pervasive psychosis that afflicts the average sports fan because I myself am tired of debating speculative nonsense.

    Finally, I realize its part of the bloggers job to be snarky, but must we ALWAYS rehash the past. ISN’T IT POSSIBLE that this ownership group finally learned from its recent mistakes (not the least of which was the intensely poor handling of the Francona Fiasco) and the mistakes of previous ownership groups, and buttoned down the hatches once and for all?

    Lots of people lost their jobs between the end of the 2011 season and the 1st of this year, and when you read between the lines it wasn’t all performance based.

    • sabatimus - May 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      How do you spell retahd? Cuz, I’m a retahd and don’t know how to spell it.

      • bigleagues - May 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM


  6. bigleagues - May 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM


  7. onbucky96 - May 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Big Pappi was “allegedly” dirty back in the day, how is that out of line?

    • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Evidence suggests that a large proportion of players in the 90s and early 00s used too… you think these questions should be continually lobbed at Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn….HEY! I read somewhere once that steroids cause cancer, Gwynn has cancer, let’s go ask him about that…..

      • duckthefodgers - May 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        And no one came close to Barry the home run king Bonds. Steroids are over rated. Why does everyone make such a big deal about it in baseball, when players in NFL get suspended for a couple games for it all the time and no national stories and congress hearings about it?

      • bigharold - May 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        If Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn failed a PED test, came back and started ripping the cover off the ball I’d think it be worth asking them if the juicing.

        Baseball players in general and Ortiz specifically brought this in themselves. Ortiz is in this position because he cheated and got caught, .. after he was warned about testing. Had he never failed a test these questions would be unreasonable. If taken in context of PEDs and MLB in general and Ortiz’ own history these questions are fair game.

      • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Neither of those guys ever took a PED test.

      • bigleagues - May 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        AndI keep repeating this because so many do not seem to get it . . . Papi was the ONLY player in those now infamous leaked testing results, that the players union sat down next to and defended in a press conference – which suggests that whatever the substance was – it probably wasn’t as serious as the anti-Sawx Army wants to believe.

        Furthermore, while others that were fingered in those have since been caught redhanded, Ortiz has apparently passed each and every test.

        So maybe a guy who benches 400 lbs just works really hard to maintain and extend that competitive edge for as long as he can. Just maybe.

  8. tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Meh…..3-6 in May, 3-7 since playing Houston….

    The accusations will go away as the promising start to the season continues to fade.

    • sabatimus - May 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      One this is certain: key players in the Sox media simply aren’t happy unless the team is a shambles.

  9. 13arod - May 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    ortiz said he has been tested 5 times for steriods and passed them all so he isn’t doing steriods

  10. uyf1950 - May 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    This has not been a good week for the Red Sox and a couple of their players. First, Clay Buchholz is afraid of getting sunburned indoors in Toronto and Ortiz hit streak is snapped and the Red Sox have lost 6 of their last 7 games. The inhumanity of it all.
    Oh and I forget Allen Weber’s and Felix Doubront’s fiasco the other day against the Twins.

    • uyf1950 - May 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      correction: Allen “Webster”.

      • sabatimus - May 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        That’s ok: when I first heard he was called up I thought his name was Alex Webster–Cannibal Corpse’s bassist.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        It may as well have been Emanuel Lewis.

  11. thebigtim2012 - May 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Ortiz failed a test for a unknown banned substance. There are some pretty silly things on the banned list so maybe we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. And Dan shaughnessy (sp) has a well deserved rep for making personal attacks and inserting himself into the story. I’m not saying the question shouldn’t have been asked but it should have been asked by a much more respected writer, someone of David’s stature deserves that much. The Boston globe will soon be in new owners hands and I highly doubt mr Dan will have a job much longer.

    • bigharold - May 10, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      “Ortiz failed a test for a unknown banned substance. There are some pretty silly things on the banned list so maybe we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. … someone of David’s stature deserves that much.”

      Perhaps, but Ortiz also said he’d find out what he tested positive for and tell everyone and explain it. He never did that did he? His stature is that he failed a PED test so the burden is on him to demonstrate that it was a minor transgression as you suggest it might have been. He said he’d do exactly that and never did. I don’t see how those two thing, getting caught and failing to find out what caused him to fail and explaining it, garners Ortiz any special consideration.

      Shaughnessy is the Globes top sports columnist now that Ryan has retired. You may not like him but he was the right guy to ask that question. And, he asked him directly and provided him a forum to tell his side. Like him or not Shaughnessy was merely acting like a journalist.

      I don’t know if Ortiz is taking PEDs or not but that doesn’t seem to be the issue any longer. Now the issue is how dare the rat bastard Dan Shaugnressy ask the sainted David Ortiz an uncomfortable question? Easy, Ortiz opened himself up for that type of suspicion when he appeared on the same list as A-Rod and Manny.

  12. seattlenative57 - May 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Ortiz brought on whatever scrutiny he gets. He’s a known cheater and his performance should be questioned.

  13. bigtrav425 - May 11, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Yourself and ALL media need to be held responsible for your actions.apologies are not always sufficient!

  14. thebigtim2012 - May 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Harold the fact that Dan is the globes top writer is insignificant to the fact that he is a terrible journalist. There is a reason that paper is on the verge if going under and it’s not the Internet. Almost every article he writes seems to have a selfish purpose. Another writer could have asked the same questions and it would be much more acceptable. You are right David never did come forward with what he failed for, but perhaps it’s better that way. If he had come out and said he failed for something innocuous people would have said he was lying whether he was or not. I think the fact that David has never been on any other lists or had any other issues since the first list does give him a certain amount of credibility when it comes to accusations. I do like the man so I may be a but biased but I would say he deserves the benefit of the doubt. I hope I’m not wrong. As a fan I really want to get to the point where when a guy is having a good season he’s not automatically painted as a cheater. Maybe that’s wishful thinking and Pandora’s box can never be closed again but gosh wouldn’t it be nice to just enjoy a player having a good season again.

  15. gloccamorra - May 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    This stuff has been going on for decades. I think there’s something in the water in Boston. It comes from the Quabbin reservoir that used to be a valley with a couple towns and before that, indian villages. The reservoir was completed in 1939, Ted Williams’ rookie year, and he had trouble with the Boston press from the get go. No telling what’s bubbling up into the water.

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