• Shaughnessy Lets Loose On Big Papi

    Posted by on July 31st, 2009 · Comments (10)

    The CHB rocketh -

    David Ortiz lied to you. It seems safe to say that his entire Red Sox career is a lie.

    And those life-changing Red Sox championships of 2004 and 2007? Are they forever tainted?

    You bet.

    Red Sox Nation is stunned and saddened. Boston fans have taken great pleasure in harpooning the Yankees and their fans since the Sox’ historic comeback against the Bronx Bombers in the 2004 American League Championship Series. It was tons of fun to ridicule 21st century Yankee steroid cheats Roger Clemens, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettitte, and Jason Giambi. When Alex Rodriguez was outed last winter, it was a national holiday for Red Sox hubris.

    Now this.

    Our cheaters were better than your cheaters.

    Nothing else flies. For the longest time the Sox flew under the radar of the steroid cloud. Big names fell, but the BoSox remained clean. The infamous Mitchell Report, compiled by former Maine senator George Mitchell, who happens to be Red Sox team “Director’’ (fifth from the top on the team masthead), barely acknowledged the existence of the Boston ball club as an MLB franchise. When Ramírez was caught cheating this spring, it was easy for Sox fans to contend that Manny didn’t start juicing until he went to the Dodgers.

    Now this. Big Papi, everybody’s favorite, is on the list of those who tested positive for PEDs in 2003 – which just happens to be the year that his career magically turned around.

    Overnight he became a baseball Rambo. He was the Dominican Babe Ruth. He was the greatest clutch hitter in Sox history. He got all the big hits in 2004. In 2006, he hit 54 home runs, bouncing Jimmie Foxx from the Sox record book.

    He wrote a book. He opened a restaurant. He kissed babies. He was the heart of the team. He was a gentleman and a gamer. We all loved him.

    He was also outspoken about steroids.

    And now David Ortiz looks like one of the television evangelists who gets caught in a seedy motel with a hooker.

    How could he have been so stupid? Or bold? He must have known. Players who tested positive in 2003 must have been told by the players association.

    The timing and the numbers are particularly damning for Big Papi. He was ordinary before 2003. Then he cheated. Then he was great. Now there is testing and he is less than ordinary. You don’t need Jose Canseco to connect the dots.

    As for Manny, what is left to say? When he got caught this year, Sox fans wanted to believe he started cheating after he left Boston. Now his entire career is flushed down the toilet. Along with Ortiz.

    The 2004 Red Sox really were Idiots. Just like the Yankees and everybody else.

    Our cheaters were better than their cheaters.

    Yahoo.

    Tweet dreams John Henry, tweet dreams

    Comments on Shaughnessy Lets Loose On Big Papi

    1. July 31st, 2009 | 7:42 am

      Dan Shaughnessy is an idiot. /obligatory post

      For the record, I don’t care about Ortiz using steroids any more than I care about any other player in the league using steroids.

    2. YankCrank
      July 31st, 2009 | 9:00 am

      Kinda makes you wonder if Johnny Damon was on that list. But then again, that’s a blind prediction and basically anybody could be on that list.

      Man, did he rip into Papi here or what?

    3. July 31st, 2009 | 9:10 am

      Anyone see Nomar’s reaction to the news? If that doesn’t scream “My name is on the list too” what does?

    4. butchie22
      July 31st, 2009 | 10:13 am

      I’ve always liked Dan Shaughnessy’s honesty/bluntness. He never comes across as a homer in his interviews unlike some others that cover the so-called Nation. Funny how he even mentioned Mitchell, the lack of Red Sox presence on the Mitchell Report ,and the conflict of interest you have to be a complete idiot or Red Pox homer to not see what went on with Mitchell and his report.

      @ Justin, mate are you being comical? Big Flappi Ortiz is a special case because he seemed so anti-steroids meanwhile he was a cheater. A class A hypocrite if there ever was . Yes, Aroid is too a liar and a hypocrite as well. Ultimately, so many people were cheating BUT when Big Flappi made that high and mighty statement on steroids and testing he looks like a big fat phony!

    5. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 31st, 2009 | 10:22 am

      CHB is a moron. The latest evidence is this:

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      The timing and the numbers are particularly damning for Big Papi. He was ordinary before 2003. Then he cheated. Then he was great. Now there is testing and he is less than ordinary.
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      Excuse me, but there was testing throughout the time period that he was great. Testing didn’t come into existence immediately prior to his becoming “less than ordinary”.

      Before I hang the guy out to dry, I need a little more than a single test in 2003, when everybody here knows that there were supplements and protein shakes and any number of things that would cause a positive test. Furthermore, in 2003, coming out of the famously “loosey-goosey time”, no one thought anything about supplements and protein shakes. Its only since then that the union has made an effort (not much, hello J.C. Romero and Mr. Mitre) to inform players about risky supplements.

      In short, to me, it is completely plausible that he used a supplement that caused a positive result, and its obvious from Ortiz’ comment that is what his explanation will be.

      Put the needle in Presinal’s hand. Send out an investigative reporter or two to prove that Ortiz used, knowingly so. Then I’ll hang the guy out to dry.

      But CHB is a fool.

    6. Raf
      July 31st, 2009 | 10:53 am

      Did anyone bother to check Ortiz’s stats in the minors?

    7. July 31st, 2009 | 10:58 am

      Raf wrote:

      Did anyone bother to check Ortiz’s stats in the minors?

      No, but, I’ve seen Randy Keisler’s stats in the minors. ;-)

    8. Corey
      July 31st, 2009 | 11:00 am

      Anyone see Nomar’s reaction to the news? If that doesn’t scream “My name is on the list too” what does?
      =========
      what did he say?

    9. July 31st, 2009 | 11:23 am
    10. Corey
      July 31st, 2009 | 11:36 am

      certainly sounds like he’s prepping his “I didn’t do it” speech with this:

      Nomar said:

      “There was supposed to be just a number,” he said. “I knew guys who didn’t take the test just to be positive because they wanted testing. Are those guys on the list? I don’t know, there are literally guys who said, ‘I’m not taking it, go ahead and put me on there because I want the number to be above [5 percent]. If those guys are on the list, how about that? People don’t talk about that.”

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