David Ortiz & Manny Ramirez: Tested Positive For PEDs in 2003

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 30, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 16: Manny Ramirez #24 and David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after scoring against the New York Yankees on April 16, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won the game 15-9. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

According to a report done by the New York Times, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and are mentioned on the list of 104 players (along with Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Jason Grimsley, and David Segui) who tested positive for steroids or other PEDs.

Ramirez and Ortiz were both on the Boston Red Sox together from 2003-2008, when Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ramirez has recently tested positive for a female fertility drug that helps males get back on regular testosterone after a steroid binge.

As a Red Sox fan, this is stunning news. I began to have my doubts about Big Papi David Ortiz once Ramirez was noted to have potentially used steroids earlier this season.

More news is just coming to light, but this means that the World Series that changed everything for the Red Sox, the 2004 sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, wasn't won cleanly.

The sluggers that carried the team back from the brink in the ALCS and had carried the team throughout the entire season were not clean.