This week the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy wrote a piece questioning the fast start of Boston slugger David Ortiz. Apparently Shaughnessy thinks that Big Papi is using steroids.
At one point Shaughnessy, who intersperses his column with replies from Ortiz, writes the following:
But you fit all the models. You are from the Dominican Republic. You are an older player. Older players don’t get better. You’ve had injuries consistent with steroid use. You showed up on the list from 2003. You fit all the formulas.
Apparently that didn’t sit well with Big Papi, who said the following after the piece was published:
“…the guy came to see me and asked some questions about steroids, and when you see the writing, it basically focuses on the fact that I’m Dominican and that many Dominicans have been caught using steroids. And what about the Americans?” Ortiz said.
“If you’re from the Middle East, because there are some people there who put bombs and terrorize civilians, I have to see you like that, as well? If you are a white American, I have to call you a racist because white Americans were in the Ku Klux Klan?
He has a point. Shaughnessy can have his questions about Ortiz, but the Dominican association was a cheap shot. Last time we checked, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens aren’t from Santo Domingo. Are there Dominicans who have gotten caught? Yes. But is it now part of a “formula?” Not even close.
It is very peculiar that Big Papi is hitting at the level he is hitting at right now and picked up exactly where he left off in August when he went down with the Achilles. I am going to give Shaughnessy a slight pass here in that I don’t care who you are what nationality you are in this era, when you up numbers past the age of 35 years old, there WILL be somebody that raises questions about steroids. I just think there will be an eternal suspicion from now on that. All that said, in the absence of proof, Shaughnessy really doesn’t need to bring this up. If you look at Papi’s numbers, his power is far from what it was in the mid 2000s. What he is doing is striking out way less than what he was and getting on base at the same rate he always has via fewer walks. I think that he has changed his approach to hitting. So if somebody is going to accuse Papi’s of using PED, then they are going to have to convince me that he is using something that strictly enhances his eye hand coordination.
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