Since we're in the era of performance enhancing drugs, fans will always have their doubts regarding who played this game honestly without the assistance of steroids. We know that Manny Ramirez just returned from a 50-game suspension, but we had full reason to believe that David Ortiz did his ball bashing clean. Guess not.
Is it really a surprise that two of MLB's most prolific home run hitters failed a 2003 drug test?
Is it really a surprise that the media outlets are reporting this story non-stop since it broke?
I fail to understand why. It's not a big deal or anything, right?
These apparent failed drug tests mean absolutely nothing.
Since these tests were from 2003, it's too late for suspensions to be given out. I mean if you stole a car when you were 19 and admitted to it when you were 39, you wouldn't be going to jail, would you? No.
If they allegedly failed the tests in 2003, how come they weren't punished in 2003?
How did the results make it six years without being brought public?
Did MLB not know they failed?
What was the point of MLB issuing random drug tests when they seemingly don't care about the results?
Even though Ortiz and Manny were suspected cheaters in 2003, nothing is going to happen to them. They aren't going to be suspended. They're not going to lose playing time.
We all know that Manny and Big Papi were a big part in the Boston Red Sox winning their first World Series in 86 years. What if they were on steroids then?
What if news comes out that they failed a 2004 drug test?
What if Ortiz' amazing clutch hits in the ALCS due to being juiced?
You can argue that if it wasn't for Ortiz, the Red Sox would have never had came back from a three game deficit. You can't take away those amazing home runs. You can't take away Boston's amazing comeback that led to a World Series title.
Will the Red Sox' 2004 World Series win be tainted? Very minimally. Will the Red Sox still be recognized as baseballs best in 2004? Yes.
Look what happened earlier this year with Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez admitted to taking steroids during a period of 2001-2003 in which he was a member of the Texas rangers. A-Rod arguably already has a spot saved for him in Cooperstown. During the time he said he was on steroids, Rodriguez hit 156 home runs with 395 RBI. Not to mention, Rodriguez won the 2003 AL Most Valuable Player award.
Why is he still considered the 2003 MVP when he admitted he was juicing? Why aren't his home runs and RBIs stricken from his career stats? Heck, if all of his home runs from his admitted steroid play were taken away, he move from tenth on the all time home run list down to 42nd.
Not only did he admit to juicing, A-Rod is still be cheered by fans and the media is still leaching off of his enormous popularity around the World. It's almost like Alex never admitted to juicing.
Also look what happened to Manny earlier this year. He tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and was suspended 50 games. When he returned, he was treated like a long lost king.
The fans cheered him and media outlets scrambled to show live looks at Manny’s at bats. In fact, I think they’re still interrupting other games to show Manny’s at bats.
These points are exactly why any failed drug tests in the past mean absolutely nothing. Ortiz and Manny will still play, they'll still put up monster stats, keep their awards, they'll still get cheered, and they’ll still get paid.
Odds are, they'll still be candidates for Cooperstown when all is said and done. Failed drug tests and all.
So that poses the question; why are we making a big deal over this?
Dan Carey also contributes to the MMA news site http://www.MMAFaze.com