Posted May 10, 2013

David Ortiz: Dan Shaughnessy’s steroid accusations are discriminatory

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David Ortiz said a recent column questioning whether he has been using steroids is discriminatory. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

David Ortiz said a recent column questioning whether he has been using steroids is discriminatory. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said on Thursday that he thought a recent Boston Globe column had racially tinged elements in its questioning of whether he has been helped by steroids in his prolific start to the 2013 season.

In a column published on Wednesday, longtime Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy essentially accused Ortiz of being aided by some kind of performance enhancer in his strong start, writing that it “just doesn’t look possible.” In 17 games this season, Ortiz is batting .363 with four homers, 17 RBI and a 1.045 OPS.

Ortiz shot back in an interview with an ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate in the Dominican Republic, saying that Shaughnessy’s criticism crossed a line.

“Yesterday, the guy came to see me and asked some questions about steroids, and when you see the writing, it basically focuses on the fact that I’m Dominican and that many Dominicans have been caught using steroids. And what about the Americans?” Ortiz said, according to ESPN.

“If you’re from the Middle East, because there are some people there who put bombs and terrorize civilians, I have to see you like that, as well? If you are a white American, I have to call you a racist because white Americans were in the Ku Klux Klan?

“The thing that stung me was his statement about Dominicans. You mean that in Dominican Republic there are no players who try to do things right? We are all in the same boat. And the people here who have been caught, does that put everyone here in the same boat?”

In his column, Shaughnessy wrote that Ortiz “fits all the models” of a steroid user, in part, because he is from the Dominican Republic. Ortiz told Shaughnessy that he has already been tested a dozen times so far this season.


32 comments
Richard W
Richard W

I'm not sure what shaunie gets out of this with the exception that outrageous remarks make headlines. I'm sure shawnie played baseball as a kid and softball as an adult. Sounds like he is a little jealous he never had the talent to play professionally or even make his high school team for that matter. He can't make headlines playing the game, so he write garbage to make headlines.

Tom52
Tom52

Ortiz is a cheater who is benefiting from the latest undetectable steroids. Boston fans have such an inferiority complex because of the Yankmees that they will accept any cheating in order to say they are better than NY.

JESUSCHRIST
JESUSCHRIST

WHO WOULD WANT TO PLAY IN BOSTON ANYWAYS.  BOSTON IS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE MOST RACISTS CITIES IN THE COUNTRY AND ALWAYS WILL BE.  ALL THE LATIN AND BLACK PLAYERS SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS AND NEVER PLAY FOR THE THE RED SOX PERIOD. WHEN PEOPLE SAY THE WORD "BOSTON" I THINK RACISTS, RACISTS, RACIST, ALL THE WAY. 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

First - Dominican is not a race. Second - I am sick of the Big Pop-Up. I can't imagine why the Red Sox brought him back for two more years - especially for $26 million - about three times what he would have gotten as a free agent.

 

However the reason I suspect he was using PEDs is that 1) he tested positive in the past and 2) his hot start and now precipitous drop off. It smells to me like a guy who used PEDs in the offseason and now the effect is wearing off.

 

Last - The playing of the race card is the move of a guy who is desperate.

Anon174
Anon174

Did any question, including Shaughnessy, Derek Jeter and how he managed to hit .316 in 2012 at age 38 but yet only hit .270 in 2010?  According to Shaughnessy's logic, older players can't get better with age and it should be "unnatural" for a 38 year old to hit .316. Under Shaughnessy's logic, the only explanation is that Jeter used steroids, just like Ortiz. The only differences between them are that Ortiz has been suspected of using steroids in the past (not proven) and he's from the Dominican Republic. But those additional factors does not therefore mean he IS using steroids. 

 

Why don't we just wait a little while and let the sample size grow before jumping to conclusions.

Bonzo
Bonzo

The Red Sox organization brought in medical people to school the players as to how they could take steroids in the off season and not be detected during the season. Lou Merloni - With that team until 2002. They're in the ALCS in '03 and appear to win it in '04 with Manny and PP testing positive. Nice.

kingwhat
kingwhat

David Ortiz, the guy who promised the public a follow-up press conference to clear himself of the Mitchell report?  Three years later we are  still waiting for the press conference.  Three years.  . But David has top men working on his defense. TOP MEN

DarrenWoodbury
DarrenWoodbury

People still read what Shaughnessy writes? Fascinating.

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

I would never just take Ortiz's word for it.  I believe he took steroids and is quite likely taking them now.  But Shaughnessy's "interview" was combative and confrontational.  Ortiz's response was somewhat warranted.

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

lmfao...This piece of sh*t has been cheating since 2002. 

MRK
MRK

Uh oh...seems a bit too peeved...where there is smoke....

BobFreeland1
BobFreeland1

I'll take Papi ,Shaughnessy is a hack writer.

tracejuno
tracejuno

"If you ever were linked to PEDs, do I have to look at you like you might be taking stuff again because of a great run you're having at age 37?" - Well, no, but you certainly can!

halconblanco
halconblanco

Ortiz is black, he is a latin american, what more do you want? He is the perfect target for a white racist! These people are racist and use their "sports" columns as their means to avoid being called so. I hope Ortíz, being a big enough guy, is also a peaceful person.  Mis saludos a Ortíz!

nathan l
nathan l

Yup. Shank is discriminating-- he's picking on a guy who showed up on the 2003 PED list--- and who was putting up MVP style numbers at age 37. Ortiz wants everyone to be like the clowns at ESPN, who saw nothing suspicious with Bonds and the Rocket taking their careers to the next level after age 35 (don't know if you heard-- but neither of those guys ever failed a drug test)

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

My memory must be failing me. I thought it had already been determined that he had used some PED's to go from a nobody with Minnesota to Bib Papi with the Red Sox, winning 2 World Series. If we already kind of know he has the predilection toward the drugs...Maybe I misremembered.

Mark Stephens
Mark Stephens

Ya, he was born that way.  What would you do if you were born, and you were attracted to steroids?  Who are you to say he can't have them in him, if that is what he wants?  It is just plain steroidism.  You people are steroidists.  He can't help how he was made.  That is part of who he is.  So, don't be so judgemental.  People should support steroided players just like they support those that are straight.  Don't be such bigots.  

krossbur
krossbur

Come on David, don't be so naive. Whenever someone says or writes something about a "black" player, it just has to be "racial". The guy (Shaughnesy) is a jerk. Shut up and play ball.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

 @Anon174 There's a big difference between Paul Molitor's batting average and Barry Bonds' home run total. Just like a Red Sox fan to compare a proven PED fiend like Ortiz to a seemingly clean singles hitter like Jeter.

meandmesa
meandmesa

 @Bonzo Got a legitimate link or some proof that reinforces your point that the Red Sox brought medical people in to school players on steroids?

MRK
MRK

Bwaahahahha...the sun is yellow..it must be race...the night is dark...it must be race....dope.

Loki
Loki

 @halconblancoyou don't think it has to abnormally high stats suddenly? People don't become more powerful and athletic in their late 30s....

 

Mel
Mel

 @halconblanco   Yeah it simply must be a race thing. Let's just ignore 2 actual facts. The first being that the actual percentage of players from the SAME COUNTRY as Ortiz have been busted for PED's. We aren't talking here and there. We are talking a high percentage. Secondly, Ortiz has been caught using PED"s. He was named in the mitchell report. He was also one of the ones that tested Positive in 2004. But hey, I'm sure it's only because he's black.

 

Of note with Ortiz, he's the guy that said anyone caught using PED's should be banned for life. And then it was shown that Ortiz himself had ALREADY failed a test at that point. So not only is he a whiny bitch, he's also a hypocrite...

halconblanco
halconblanco

 @MRK Look at Jeter statistics and his age. Somebody else already mentioned this fact. Why isn't  Jeter mentioned? Does he take PED?

Mel
Mel

 @Loki  @halconblanco Everyone knows why he's got the abnormally high stats at 37. Including Ortiz.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

 @halconblanco  @MRK Ah yes, Jeter's 40 home runs in 2012. I'd almost forgotten. Good thing we have a Red Sox fan around to deflect problems onto the Yankees when they arise.