That’s right. ESPN has just confirmed that Red Sox designated hitter was among the more than 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for steroids in 2003.
While the test was intended to be both voluntary and confidential at the time, several key names have already been leaked from that infamous list, including the name of New York Yankees’ star Alex Rodriguez.
The news that David Ortiz was identified as a steroid user was released alongside information that Manny Ramirez tested positive for steroids in 2003 as well, thereby indicating that Ramirez’s steroid use was long term and therefore likely had a profound impact on his career while with the Red Sox.
While I would like to avoid placing any bias into my writing as a result of my Yankee allegiance, the news that both of the Red Sox’ star players from their championship runs were aided by performance enhancing drugs certainly seems to place a black eye on the team’s once historic achievements.