Certainly, you will find many articles today on Bleacher Report and thousands of other sports-related websites regarding David Ortiz admitting his failed drug test back in 2003. The Players Association reportedly told him directly of the failed test.
This means he can not tell us some lame excuse like "he didn't know what was in the o.j." or "the cream was for hemorroids, honest".
NO DUCKING THE ISSUE ORTIZ, YOU WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED IN THE COOKIE JAR!
Add his name to the ever growing list that continues to be slowly revealed from the 103 names that were to be "anonymous" back in 2003. Let's just shoot the horse and take him out of our misery already!!! Just reveal ALL the names and let's move on with life.
So what wrong is righted here? In my previous article dated July 6th, I eluded to the fact that Ortiz's skills seemed to have eroded overnight. Especially since the departure of Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers last season. Coincidence? It would appear not.
I guess Ortiz finally realized that the news was going to catch up to him eventually this season and he tried all he could to mask his failed efforts to be productive this year.
"Ortiz you look tired. Would you like a nice mini-vacation?" Nice try Francona!
"Should we send him for an eye exam? Maybe he's blind?" Nice try Theo!
His 2009 stats thus far against the same numbers since 2000:
(Stats courtesy of FOXSPORTS.COM)
- GAMES PLAYED: 93 (LOWEST SINCE 91 IN 2001)
- AVG: .224 (LOWEST SINCE .234 IN 2001)
- HR: 13 (LOWEST SINCE 10 IN 2000)
- RBI'S: 55 (LOWEST SINCE 48 IN 2001)
- SLG%: .409 (LOWEST SINCE .446 IN 2000)
Two of his most important numbers have hit rock bottom so far: HR's & SLG%. Not good for a power hitter who's reputation was one that you can NEVER let beat you. Boy did he beat my Yankees too many times anyway.
So what's next for Ortiz? I guess that all depends upon how the rest of the season goes. Perhaps his bat needs to do the talking for now.
In the same article I mentioned above, I held a very strong opinion that it was time for Joba to go back to the pen
What wrong is righted here? I want to tip my cap to Joba regarding his most recent outings. Please note that I am NOT reversing my position here but I need to give credit where credit is certainly due.
The Yankees are 11-2 since the All-Star break and have opened up a 3.5 game lead over the Red Sox going into tonight's action. They were five games behind before the break. Joba has been a key part within the starting pitching for this eight game swing by the Yankees.
In his last three starts he is 3-0, pitched 21.2 innings, given up only two earned runs, 19 K's, WHIP is well under 1.0, and he has lowered his ERA by a full half run since July 1st.
If he can continue with those type of numbers the rest of the way, perhaps the Yankees may not need to mortgage the future for Jarrod Washburn or Roy Halladay.
If they do before the trade deadline July 31st, I hope Joba is part of a package to be traded elsewhere so he can get a clean slate get out from under the New York spotlight and just focus on pitching.