A few months back, writer Ken Rosenthal wrote an article saying that any speculation concerning David Ortiz and PED use was unfair. Since we were at that time speculating that David Ortiz had used PED's, we took Rosenthal's article personal, and wrote a response. Now that it has been revealed that David Ortiz did in fact fail a drug test, I beleive sir Rosenthal owes us an apology. Here's my favorite excerpt from Rosenthal's article:
"Here's one thing I do know: Before steroids, players actually declined as they got older. Ortiz is 33. Maybe he is losing his skills."
I can't say that this recent revelation about Ortiz's PED use makes me happy as a Yankee fan. However, I can say that I'm glad that the picture is now balanced. Senator Mitchell's joke of a report was centered in New York, and largely reported on New York PED users. Then A-Rod got leaked this last year. With Ortiz and Manny getting leaked off that 2003 list, we have the first big players of the Red Sox to fall. Then Bronson Arroyo basically said that he's on that list, and Nomar has been so up in arms about the leaks that it wouldn't be a big surprise that he was on the list too. By the way, Nomar has been complaining about testing since day one.
A friend of mine who is a Red Sox fan asked me if I thought this nullified the championships the Red Sox won. I definitely don't think it does. I do think it cheapens them though, especially since it was the first time in 86 years they won one. Its shaping up to be an ugly era for baseball, and the quicker we move past it the better. For this reason I think its essential that they release the list. Names are going to continue to be leaked, and a story that should really be over in a couple months will be spread out over years. Why do that? The truth will set us free.