jesse
@ June 2, 2009


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...but Big Papi started taking steroids after he was traded to the Red Sox.

BIG PAPI HOMERS.JPG
David Ortiz, homer runs by year

And if Major League Baseball had found an impartial person to conduct an investigation into steroids instead of George Mitchell, a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox, then this conversation would be over by now.

Even Simmons admits as much as this:

The steroid whispers started quickly. By late April, every conversation I had with a Sox fan seemed to include a "We need to mail Papi some HGH" joke. It was an easy leap for a couple of reasons: First, his power numbers leapt like Obama's Q rating from 2003 to 2007. Second, he's Dominican, and more than a few of his brethren -- Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada, Guillermo Mota -- have been in the center of PED controversies. Third, they sell steroids over the counter in the DR like they're Bubblicious.
That list of 104 names of players who failed a confidential drug test in 2003? You know, the one that had Alex Rodriguez's name on it, which was leaked, but somehow not a single other player was? David Ortiz's name is on that list. I guarantee it. And the only reason MLB won't release the names is because Bud Selig is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boston Red Sox.

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I can't claim partiality in this discussion in the slightest. But I have to say that I only have one ... okay, four, comments on your analysis.

First, Selig isn't owned by the Red Sox, per se. He's stuck in a machine that he created nine years ago when he and Fox so desperately tried to contrive a Red Sox/Cubs World Series (thanks to Bartman and Boone, it was not to be). So much of the television cashflow in baseball is now tied to marketing the "story" of the game, and the big franchises as elemental enemies, that Selig and, by extension, baseball as a whole have to do everything possible to perpetuate that myth. Due to their sucking for so long, the Sox are locked into the David/Little Guy side of the myth, while the Yankees are more than happy to play the Goliath/Evil Empire, despite the two sides being largely equivalent. In fact, if you get right down to it, the Yankees are well on their way to being the underdog. Well, as much as you can call a team with a billion dollar stadium, $3000 tickets and three of the four highest paid players the underdog.

Second, Ortiz was taking steroids in Minnesota. He just didn't start taking the good ones until he got to Boston, and he didn't start getting the green light to swing at everything until he was in Francona's offense.

Third, that 104 names? That's 14% of the entire major leagues. I would be willing to bet that nearly every player that anyone gives a shit about is named on that list. Ortiz? Hell yes. Manny? Seems obvious now. Khalil Greene? Speed freak and pothead. Mariano Rivera? I'd bet money on HGH and pain killers.

Fourth, the Yankees suck.

Sorry, but I'm not buying comment #1, and here's why: Bud Selig hired a minority owner of the Red Sox to look for steroids in baseball, and then, magically, that man found not a single Red Sox player who took steroids, but was able to find a dozen players on the Yankees who took them?

Listen, I don't blame George Mitchell for that. If I was in charge of the investigation, I would have found exactly 25 players to have taken steroids, and it would have been everybody on the 2004 Red Sox World Series roster. But if Bud Selig didn't want his investigation to be a fraud, then he shouldn't have hired a fraud.

And you can claim Mariano is guilty all you want, but where is your proof? Where is your graph?

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