What Am I Supposed To Feel? Good?
Since the A-Rod thing in spring, we’ve seen Many Ramirez suspended for testing positive to PEDs, and now we find that he along with David Ortiz were two of the 103 names on the list of players who tested positive to random tests in 2003.
Remember how they were supposed to be confidential? A-Rod found out otherwise. Now the leaked names are Ramirez and Ortiz. What’s slightly (and I do mean ever so slightly) interesting about the revelation is that if one team seemed mostly spared by the steroid allegations of the Mitchell Report, it was the Red Sox. Of course, Yankee fans copped the brunt of the steroid circus as Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez all had to weather the allegations. Of the four, three have come out (for want of a better expression) and admitted the use, while Clemens remains defiant in his denial.
If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve made peace with the steroid era. However, in burying that era, it’s rankled that Red Sox fans have been on their little moral high horse for some time about the Yankees’ players who got busted. In this light, it’s nice to see that, no, the Red Sox were not magically exempt from the steroid era – indeed they were net beneficiaries as much as any other team, if not more. After all, uhh, count their rings this decade.
Unlike with A-Rod who had to have a terrible press conference this year, it doesn’t seem likely David Ortiz is going to have one. It seems unfair, but that is the difference between being the first and the second in having your name leaked from a confidential list.
Jose Canseco as per usual has said he’s not the least bit surprised.
Jose Canseco, whose 2005 book arguably started the cascade of revelations and an investigation into the performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, barely raised an eyebrow when he was told David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are reportedly on the list of 104 players who tested positive in 2003.
“When you tell me something I didn’t already know, I’ll be surprised,’’ Canseco told ESPN. “And I’ll tell you this, Major League Baseball is going to have a big, big problem on their hands when they find out they have a Hall of Famer who’s used.”
When asked to name who that Hall of Fame player is, Canseco refused to divulge who he believes it is.
“It’s not about naming names,’’ he said. “I’ve never had anything against the players. It’s always been against Major League Baseball. I know who’s on that list, but like I said, it’s not about attacking the players. It’s about the machine that allowed this to happen. What I speak out of my mouth is the truth. It burns like fire. Just remember, I have never lied about this subject.”
…”If you were in the game in the last 20 years, there’s a 95 percent chance you were knowingly using something,’’ Canseco said. “I said 80 percent back then because that was the number of players that I knew were on. But that number was greater.’’
In any case, it’s been a day of reckoning for Red Sox fans. Watching them try to talk their way around it is a bit embarrassing in as much as there were Yankee fans who tried to do the same. They’ll eventually have to come to the same conclusion that we were all a party to it.
It doesn’t make me feel any better in the sense that the other 100 names are still hidden and until they actually release those names, then there’s going to be this on-going drip effect. And even if they did release it, it’s grossly unfair to the players in that the test results were confidential at a time when PEDs weren’t banned, and we’re clearly judging the past from a different standard that was applied back then.
Then, it’s also been unfair to A-Rod. But then we’re used to the media double-standard there. In any case, the Schadenfreude is nowhere near as good as hoped – I don’t hate Manny or Ortiz. I just like seeing Red Sox fans suffer, but all this is just not the same as making them sit out October.