David Ortiz Hits First HR

william beovichContributor IMay 21, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 25:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 25, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

David Ortiz, the once feared slugger for the Boston Red Sox, hit his first home run last night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Now that means he only trails the Yankees' Brett Gardner by one in the homerun category.

I'm sick of hearing all these reports about how David's wrist is bothering him and that his knee is hurt. Lets face the facts fokes, he went from an average hitter in Minnesota to all of a sudden one of the best hitters in all of baseball. Is it possible that we are seeing a player who is just on the decline or a player who is coming off of steroids and feeling the effects. 

I understand that Ortiz had Manny hitting behind him when he first came to Boston and that can make anyone better, just look at the L.A. Dodgers. I'd buy this argument if Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay were batting .240 and not contributing at all, but they're not. Both of these hitters are likely to be All-Star starters and deservedly so, so what's the excuse for David?

The fact of the matter is that Ortiz is showing a lot of signs of a player coming off steroids. His bat speed just isn't there and yes I know he has a bad wrist and knee, but wait aren't nagging injuries something that is very common in players just coming off of steroids?

The fact that the power has dropped so significantly is what I believe has kept many people from thinking it's steroids. He's been that bad that people believe all the stories about his knee and wrist. I, for one, think that it's just another player who is being exposed.

The fact of the matter is is that nothing will shock me anymore about who didn't and did use steroids in the past 20 years. And who knows, maybe Ortiz's home run he hit last night will get him in the zone and he will start to hit for power again. For baseball's sake I hope so because it would just be another black eye for a sport that's suffered quite a bit of them lately.

Whether he did or didn't, do you think Red Sox fans are happy they had to give their biggest power hitter a curtain call for hitting his first home run, which was a tack on home run on May 20th?