Remember when A-Rod was outed as a PED user and he admitted to a three year time period during which he used steroids, told us how he got them, how he administered them, that he used an energy drink in Seattle that is now banned, and had a press conference by himself, like a man, and admitted all this, and then all anyone could write about was how full of $#!% A-Rod was and how he left all these questions unanswered? Ortiz better get hammered over this press conference.
First, he didn't even have the cojones to answer questions by himself, he had his babysitter from the MLBPA do it instead. He denied ever using steroids and said it must've been some over-the-counter supplement that triggered the positive result, but of course we have to take him at his word because he doesn't actually know what he tested positive for, but we can trust that it wasn't a steroid because he's such a nice guy.
If the press doesn't bury Ortiz for the way he has handled this whole mess, I will be livid. It's bad enough I have to deal with all the sanctimony about steroids from guys like Massarotti who turned a blind eye to an obvious steroid problem when home run chases were driving newspaper sales and now act like they were duped, I will not tolerate certain players getting hammered when it comes out that they were PED users and others getting a pass.
Also, with regard to the whole over-the-counter supplement excuse. It may very well have been an over-the-counter supplement, but that doesn't mean he didn't take steroids. The New York Times recently reported that the FDA has issued warnings against a number of popular OTC supplements because they contain steroids. (Article 1, Article 2). Now, that is not the same as going to Angel Presinal and saying, "Hey Angel, get me some steroids." But if we can't believe that A-Rod didn't use Primobolan properly because athletes always know what they're putting in their bodies (the official media line after Alex's press conference), then we shouldn't accept that Ortiz was taking OTC supplements without knowing what was in them.