As a follow-up to MJ’s post on Manny and Big Papi reportedly testing postive in 2003 for PEDs, I thought it would be fun to look back at what David Ortiz had to say just five months ago on this topic:
David Ortiz wants players who test positive for steroids to be suspended from baseball for a year instead of the current 50-game penalty.
Taking players to court, though, for cases involving use of the substances before players were subject to penalty is not the way to clean up the game, the Boston Red Sox designated hitter said Monday.
“I would suggest everybody get tested, not random, everybody,” he said. “You go team by team. You test everybody three, four times a year and that’s about it.”
And if a player tests positive for steroids?
“Ban ‘em for the whole year,” the slugger said.
“I think you clean up the game by the testing,” Ortiz said Monday. “I know that if I test positive by using any kind of substance, I know that I’m going to disrespect my family, the game, the fans and everybody, and I don’t want to be facing that situation.
“So what would I do? I won’t use it, and I’m pretty sure that everybody is on the same page,” he said.
He drew a distinction between the use of steroids through 2003, when it was not penalized, and the period since then when testing with penalties has been in effect.
“All the drama, bringing that to court and acting like those [are] serious criminals, it doesn’t look good for the game,” Ortiz said. “It’s not like something that is happening right now. Everybody that has been taken to court, it’s because they did it in the past when it wasn’t banned from the game.”
Alex Rodriguez has said he used banned substances between 2001-03, when he was with the Texas Rangers.
Ortiz said that at that time, “I would say it was certainly low, the percentage that wasn’t using it. Like he said in the interview [with ESPN], that was what was going around the league at the time.”
He praised Rodriguez for saying he used banned substances and said that after 2003, “he’s been playing clean and he still produced and he’s still been the best player in the game. So if I’m a fan and I had to judge the guy, I would put that in the past and move forward.”
Now, Ortiz said, he believes the percentage of users is very low. And he said he might even accept blood testing for banned substances.
“I don’t care. Whatever,” he said. “I just want to go out there and make sure that people are not looking at you like, ‘Oh, look at this guy. He’s big now. What’s going on?’”
…He drew a distinction between the use of steroids through 2003, when it was not penalized, and the period since then when testing with penalties has been in effect…
And, now, we know why, don’t we?