Big Papi and the Crystal Ball
I’m going to save you some time.
Instead of waiting anxiously to see how the David Ortiz crisis is going to play out, allow me to tell you exactly what’s going to happen.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
In the near future, Big Papi will tell us that in 2003 he took some sort of supplements or protein shakes without knowing they included performance enhancing drugs.
Perhaps he purchased them from A-Rod’s cousin.
Most of us won’t really believe him, but Ortiz will apologize and – outside of the Bronx – his mea culpa will be accepted. And life will go on . . . along with the Red Sox streak of consecutive sellouts.
Here’s where I stand on the revelation that Big Papi’s name is on “The List.”
I’m interested in all 104 names because it was supposed to be a secret and now it’s not. It’s like when someone starts to share some dirt and then says, “No, I promised I wouldn’t say anything!” The correct response is to push and prod until they fess up.
But at this point, there are very few names on that list that would surprise me . . . and sluggers who enjoyed huge leaps in their performance level are not among them.
I loved to hold out hope that Ortiz was clean, but I’m not shocked that he wasn’t.
Were you? Really?
It was six years ago. Players weren’t being tested and the temptation to cheat was overwhelming. That doesn’t make it right, but if your livelihood depends on being better than the other guy and the other guy is using ‘roids, your moral compass has a hard time pointing north.
I put much of the blame on the clean guys. When it became obvious that steroid use was rampant, they should have demanded that the union institute a testing policy.
Then again, maybe the non-users represented the minority.
I believe David Ortiz is clean now – that’s where he and Manny Ramirez are different. Manny got busted with a testing policy in effect and a 50-game penalty (40 if you include minor league games) for a first-time offender. He deserves every bit of ridicule he receives.
I suppose David Ortiz deserves some too, but Red Sox fans will soon forgive even if they don’t forget.
I’m fine with that. Go ahead and give him a standing “O” and accept his apology.
As long as you eliminate the terms “A-Roid” or “A-Fraud” from your vocabulary.