I recently wrote an article on who could possibly replace David Ortiz in the Red Sox lineup.
The big guy has been in a slump, and I'm sure he'll get out of it, but the one thing for sure is that he'll never be the same.
In 2003, Ortiz shocked Red Sox Nation and the rest of Major League Baseball when he hit 31 home runs and 101 RBI with a batting average of .288.
The previous two seasons, Ortiz hit a combined 38 home runs and knocked in 186 runs, with a batting average of .250 (estimate).
Later in 2004, Big Papi had led the Sox to their first world championship in 86 years by hitting 41 home runs and 139 RBI, with an average of .301.
Wait, it gets even bigger.
In 2005, he had another increase with 48 homers and 148 RBI. The biggest increase of all was in 2006 where the MVP runner-up hit 54 home runs and drove in 137 runs.
We all know one thing and it is that steroids only really help for a short period of time. It may be no exception to Ortiz.
After the past few magical seasons, we saw a major decrease in his stats, where in 2007 and 2008, he had hit a combined 58 home runs and knocked in a little over 200 runs.
Those are still good numbers for any old player, but Ortiz is no average player.
He is "Mr. Clutch," "The Yankee Killer," and "The Greatest Clutch Hitter in Red Sox History."
Those are some big names to live up to, and Ortiz has definitely seen a decrease, but it doesn't mean he has taken steroids.
He was injured most of 2008, Manny Ramirez was dealt to the Dodgers, and Ortiz struggled after returning from injury.
Those are some excuses, but the excuses are over for Big Papi.
After the revealing of the 2003 drug testing, we found out that Alex Rodriguez had taken steroids. The other names are never going to be revealed, so who knows?
Also, the Mitchell Report found out that stars like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada, and Jason Giambi were on steroids, but Ortiz's name was never there.
I just find it interesting that Ortiz had a drastic increase in numbers in less than a year. That just doesn't happen.
There are excuses like Josh Hamilton and others who have been in round one draft picks, but Ortiz was never any man that anyone found to be the next big thing.
It also interests me that in this "A-Roid" saga, that he was taking steroids down in the Dominican Republic with guys like Miguel Tejada. Ortiz and Rodriguez are friends so anything is possible.
If we learn that Ortiz did use steroids, that will be the worst thing that ever happened in the franchise. Even if you hate Boston, you have to be sympathetic that the magical rides in 2004 and 2007 could have been lies.
Ortiz held this team on his back and he is just so nice in person. It would break my heart to ever hear that he cheated.
In reality, I honestly can not say that I think Ortiz did or did not use steroids for many, many reasons. There are many facts needed to prove it.
I wouldn't mind a random drug test again.
There are so many scenarios here, and this is a really likely thing to be revealed. I pray that Ortiz is the real deal.