After Blue Jays fans serenaded the tarnished designated hitter with chants of “steroids” during last week’s series in Toronto, acclaimed Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy rightfully questioned if Red Sox star David Ortiz is again abusing performance-enhancing drugs.
Ortiz, who was publicly revealed by The New York Times to be one of approximately 100 ballplayers that tested positive for doping in 2003, is currently hitting .381 with four homers and 17 RBI in 63 at bats.
At least somewhat the result of being a raging juicehead, Ortiz has suffered from an irregular heartbeat and battled knee, shoulder, heel, quadriceps and wrist injuries over the past seven seasons.
“You fit all the models. You are from the Dominican Republic. You are an older player. Older players don’t get better,” said Shaughnessy, 59, voted Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year on eight occasions. “You’ve had injuries consistent with steroid use. You showed up on the list from 2003. You fit all the formulas. How can your bat speed be better now than it was when you were 34? How do you do that?”
Expectedly, the 6-foot-4, 230 pound Ortiz scoffed at Shaughnessy’s allegations and became increasingly hostile during the needed interview.
“[Expletive], I’m a human being just like everyone else,” said Ortiz, 37, named by Sports Illustrated to its MLB All-Decade Team in 2009. “You can get worse or you can get better. One or the other. Where are you trying to go with this? That’s my question. If you work hard, you’re not supposed to get better?’’
Since debuting with the Minnesota Twins in September 1997, “Big Papi” has compiled the most ever dingers (401) and RBI (1,326) by a DH and last summer became only the 49th slugger to go yard 400 times.
Instead of getting cunty with Shaughnessy, Ortiz should realize all modern athletes are scrutinized because of their fraternal fraudulence and years of lying to the masses.
More importantly, the eight-time All-Star and 2004 ALCS Most Valuable Player must accept he’s already been pinched as a fake.
Obese and graying, Ortiz absolutely “fit(s) all the models” of continuing to cheat America’s pastime.
Grilling one of the primary mugs of the Steroid Era, Dan Shaughnessy deserves applause for challenging the deceitful David Ortiz.by