At a news conference at Yankee Stadium Saturday, David Ortiz stated definitively that he never used steroids or bought them, but acknowledged that he was “careless” when he was “buying supplements and vitamins over the counter.”
The statements came after the New York Times reported at the end of July that Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were on a 2003 list of 104 players alleged to have tested positive for PEDs. But on Saturday, incoming executive director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association Michael Weiner outlined a strong case for why the list of 104 alleged to have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 is flawed and perhaps inaccurate.
Fans and media alike have had a couple of days to marinate on Ortiz’s statements, and while several questions have been answered, several remain: If he never used steroids, why didn’t Ortiz come out and say that right away? Why did the players’ union question the validity of Ortiz’s place on the list but not publicly defend Alex Rodriguez? And who leaked all of this supposedly-private information in the first place?
And, of course, the big question: Do you believe Big Papi?
“I don’t believe he doesn’t know what he tested for,” Charlie Pierce says in this edition of Globe 10.0.
Says Bob Ryan, ‘If he [came out with the statement] the first day, I’d say, ‘Fine, I have no problem with it.”
Many of you have already voted in the survey above, but please do if you haven’t. And leave a comment on whether you believe Ortiz, and agree/disagree with Ryan and Pierce.