David Ortiz On Alex Rodriguez and Steroids

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IJuly 30, 2009

Probably the most telling quote from David Ortiz from this past Feburary was when he commented on the Alex Rodriguez's admission of using steroids. As we all know, it was discovered today that Ortiz was on the list of steroid users from 2003.

Alex Rodriguez has said he used banned substances between 2001-03, when he was with the Texas Rangers.

Ortiz said that at that time, "I would say it was certainly low, the percentage that wasn't using it. Like he said in the interview [with ESPN], that was what was going around the league at the time."

He praised Rodriguez for saying he used banned substances and said that after 2003, "he's been playing clean and he still produced and he's still been the best player in the game. So if I'm a fan and I had to judge the guy, I would put that in the past and move forward."

No one knows how long Ortiz has been clean for, but this is a tough pill for Red Sox fans to swallow. Not just Manny, but Papi too.
Who knows if these guys were using during their magical 2004 World Series run? 
Even though, as the kids say, "they were all doing it", there is no doubt that this leaves a sickening taste in the mouths of Red Sox fans. It will be very difficult for Sox fans to simply move on, especially with Ortiz and the Red Sox struggling at the moment.