While David Ortiz found out about the positive test in 2003 when approached by a reporter before the game, his teammates found out because of reports on ESPN on the TV in the clubhouse. None of them admitted to having gone to the New York Times or the paper’s web site to read, and all of them expressed support for their teammate immediately after today’s game.
“I don’t really know too much about it,” Dustin Pedroia said. “[Shoot], in 2003, I was in college hitting rockets there. I don’t know [anything] about what was going on back then. Obviously David’s our teammate, we love him. He’s done everything in the world for me. We’re here to support him.”
There was considerable frustration in the clubhouse — especially from Kevin Youkilis — regarding the manner in which the names have leaked, one by one, or two by two. Youkilis questioned why the Times seems to be the paper breaking most of these stories (not entirely true), and emphasized that he’s not interested in dealing with names being released for the next 10 years.
But the most important thing to many of the Red Sox was that this issue had taken away from the story of their comeback win. Not only did Mike Lowell say that he would have much preferred that the focus be on today’s game, but that he wanted to start seeing the stories about those who didn’t take steroids.
He understood, though, that now that the story was out, that Ortiz would have to deal with it. And that it will continue to be difficult for him as the Sox go on a road trip to Baltimore, Tampa Bay, and New York.
“I don’t really think it’s going to get easier,” Lowell said. “But David’s been a guy who I think has always been as straightforward as possible with the media and I think what he says, he’s going to speak from the heart. We’ll see how that plays out. I’m sure it’s an added thing on him. I’m sure most of us prefer worrying about our team aspect and just focusing on that.”