The 2004 World Series was one of the most memorable in baseball history.
The Red Sox had an incredible postseason. They came back from the brink of elimination in both the Division Series and Championship Series. Then, they won it all.
It was a great Series to watch.
Now, it will be looked at in disgust.
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, who were both key members of the 2004 Red Sox team, reportedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
They are two of 103 players who tested positive that year.
The list was supposed to be destroyed, but nothing really goes according to plan does it?
Ramirez and Ortiz aren't the first names from the list. It also includes Alex Rodriguez.
Rotoinfo.com has an UNCONFIRMED list of the steroid users that tested positive in 2003. Names such as Miguel Tejada, Alfonso Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez, and Gary Sheffield are on it.
But more importantly, the list also includes Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez, and Trot Nixon.
If the Rotoinfo.com list is accurate, that means that SIX of the 2004 Red Sox's KEY players were steroid users.
It is time for baseball to take a good long look at what is going on. Many big name players are on this list.
If it is accurate, many players will be ruined.
If it is accurate, the record books will be tainted.
If it is accurate, the Baseball Hall of Fame will surely suffer.
Many future and possible Hall of Famers are on this list including Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Todd Helton, Roberto Alomar, and Ivan Rodriguez.
It also includes many notable players such as Bobby Abreu, Carlos Delgado, Adrian Beltre, and Luis Gonzalez.
Many players already linked to steroids are also on this list, including Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmerio.
It's time for baseball to strengthen it's steroid policy. If need be, they should suspend first-time offenders for the season. If they test positive again, they should get a lifetime ban.
If Pete Rose gets a lifetime ban for betting on games, what does a steroid user deserve?
It's time for baseball to do something about steroids.
It's time for a change.