Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reported that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for PEDs in 2003. What concerns me is the last part of his lead paragraph:
…according to lawyers with knowledge of the results.
This is otherwise known as a leak. Alex Rodriguez’s name was leaked before the season, and now right before the trade deadline, another significant name is leaked. As for Manny, we already knew he was on something.
As ESPN’s Skip Bayless pointed out on Twitter, it would make perfect sense for the guy who leaked this information to be a Yankees fan that was mad about A-Rod being leaked.
With Ortiz now revealed, Yankees fans can happily take their shots at Red Sox fans who brag about the Red Sox’ recent championships.
Keep in mind that 2003 was the year Ortiz was traded to the Red Sox when he broke out of his shell. Even though Ortiz has struggled in the past two years, he is still another borderline hall of famer with a tainted career.
As Peter Gammons said last night, more key information on this matter will be revealed over the next few days. The question is, will the media explode around Papi as they did with A-Rod. The only difference I can see between the two cases is that it is midseason oppose to preseason.