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David Ortiz still doesn’t know why he tested positive for PEDs in 2003

Aug 7, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

David Ortiz AP

David Ortiz was one of the hundred or so ballplayers who tested positive for PEDs during the 2003 survey testing which was designed to determine whether or not baseball’s drug problem was significant enough to warrant full-blown testing the following year.  His and everyone else’s name was supposed to remain confidential, but his, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa’s names were leaked.

At the time his name was leaked, Ortiz said a lot of things about how surprised he was and how he wanted to get to the bottom of it all. Most took this as a deflection and didn’t buy Ortiz’s confusion as genuine. He got busted, most figured, and now he’s acting surprised. How rich.

Well, he’s still surprised about it and is still wondering. From WEEI:

“No. Nobody. Not MLB. Not the Players Association. Nobody,” said Ortiz when asked if anyone had revealed what he had reportedly tested positive for. “They just threw it out there that I tested positive on this one list and that was it. Nothing. So I have to deal with that, and your mind is all over the place. And I’ve lived with it … It is something that is still in the dark because nobody ever had the [guts] to come to me and say, ‘This is what was happening.’ You damaged my image at the time, and it has always stayed like that. No explanation. No nothing.”

Take that for what it’s worth. But ask yourself why Ortiz — along with Andy Pettitte and many others who have had PED associations — don’t get one-tenth the crap thrown on them that Alex Rodriguez does.

And no, this is not a call to throw crap on Ortiz and Pettitte.

  1. makeham98 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Like the silly Mitchell Report, the Biogenesis “list” is based only on a very limited set of data. That a player is not on this list clears him of nothing.

  2. nananatman - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Throwing crap, sounds like something somebody might have to look for a competitive edge in order to be good at it.

    “What do you mean I tested positive for coffee? It makes my fingers go faster! Seriously! 50 Games?! I can’t write smack for 50 games?! Oh, oh, sorry you meant I couldn’t take smack for 50 games ok. No I don’t take smack man so that’s ok! This deer antler shit is for real though.”

  3. jollyjoker2 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Ortiz always seemed like straight shooter. He has the natural bulk for the position….so of those other guys couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield without being juiced.

  4. bigdny99 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Auh come on… You dont know why you tested positive… But since it was discovered you lost 100 pounds? Nice diet! PLEASE… !! Its amazing…

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