In today's Boston Globe, Tom Massarotti wrote a column about how long it has taken Ortiz to address his failed drug test. Based on what I've read in the Globe since the revelation of Ortiz's PED use, the Boston media is genuinely pissed at Ortiz, as though they felt that Ortiz had duped them all this time with his affable personality. Understandable. But the trauma of Ortiz's outing as a PED user has led to the following senselessness from Massarotti in today's column:
"All we can hope for, at this stage, is that Ortiz does not adopt Rodriguez’s approach when it came time to answer questions and fill in the blanks. We don’t need to know merely what Ortiz tested positive for and when he used it. We need to know what else he has taken, if anything, and we need to know why.
"We have yet to hear a single player stand up and tell us the complete truth, that the game was out of control, that players felt the need to keep up, that things became twisted and out of control. That the line between right and wrong did not grow fuzzy - it disappeared entirely - and the game became one muddied mass."
Ummm, didn't A-Rod in his interview with Gammons and at his press conference not only say what he tested positive for, when he took it, that he did it because he felt pressure to live up to his contract, and that he also used to consume an energy drink during his Seattle days that is now banned? Didn't A-Rod tell us that back then more or less anything went (loosey-goosey = game out of control), that he was trying to keep up? Neither A-Rod nor Ortiz can speak for the whole game, they don't know what other player's motivations were. They can only speak to why they did what they did.
This passage by Massarotti not only misrepresents what Alex said regarding his PED use, it seems utterly confused. If anything, that first line should read, "All we can hope for, at this stage, is that Ortiz adopts Rodriguez’s approach when it came time to answer questions and fill in the blanks."
I'm going to forgive Massarotti on this one. I'm sure he's still in shock. But when Alex came out and admitted to three years of PED use, how he got the drugs, how he used them, all the media could do was say "he's hiding something." Get over it guys. He gave you the dirt. I understand being cynical, but at some point you're just being unfair to A-Rod. It's okay to be upset that Ortiz hasn't talked about this issue yet (it certainly didn't take A-Rod this long), but don't take it out on A-Rod. This is about your guy, Boston media, not ours.