I only say that because the dude’s name came up on that infamous “List of 103” a few years back, he got a free pass from
the Red Sox PR Department ESPN and he did his best OJ impersonation, “promising to get back to everyone“.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz made it clear he is now on a fact-finding mission following a report in The New York Times stating he was one of 104 players who tested positive in survey testing for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
Ortiz said he only confirmed the positive test result after contacting the Players Association on Thursday. The slugger added that he was blindsided when told of the positive result, which led to an initial no comment to the Times.
Boston’s left-handed slugger said he wants to find out exactly what he tested positive for, and once he does, he plans on dealing with the situation head on.
Ortiz stated emphatically — both through a statement and in a brief session with reporters — that he will be completely accountable and answer all the questions once he has all the facts, which he expects will be in a matter of days.
“Honestly, right now, I don’t have [any] information about it,” Ortiz said. “I’m going to get more info about the situation and I’m going to honestly tell you guys what’s up. Right now, I don’t have [any] answers. I’ve got no information. The next few days, I’m going to get some information about it.”
Ortiz was asked if he had any inkling what he could have tested positive for and when — exactly — it might have happened.
“Like I say, I have no answers right now. I’m going to get deeper on this and then you guys are going to find out what’s up,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz issued the following statement, which was released roughly 20 minutes after Boston beat the Athletics, 8-5, backed by a three-run homer by Ortiz in the bottom of the seventh.
“Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to get to the bottom of this.
“I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me — I will not hide and I will not make excuses.
Yet here we are three and a half years later and not one word from the man.
Then suddenly out of nowhere he has the gall to say this:
When I first heard about [players being linked to the clinic],” he said. “I started saying that us, as baseball players, we pretty much might be the dumbest athletes of all the sports because there’s a history of players doing things like that and later on getting caught. We’re talking about six or seven years. So how come in 2011 or 2012, there are players still being caught in the same situation?
Here’s a thought David.
Why don’t you just shut your pie hole until you do what you said you’d do..get back to us on why your name was on that list.