we all knew it had to come out, right
and we all knew it had to come out, right?
in '02, ortiz was a washed up and mediocre ballplayer that minnesota couldn't even trade, so they cut him. suddenly, in boston, as manny's teammate, big papi hit 30+ homers and 100+ rbi, and continued in that same way for the next four years, right up until MLB finally got serious about their testing, and, in much the same precipitous way that his stroke had surfaced, it all but disappeared again.
watching jim ed rice choose his words on this story is fascinating. his hope? that mlb exposes ALL the players who were juicing, and not just hanging out the big names to dry in the fickle winds of public opinion.
i've said it before, and i'll say it again--david ortiz stands for me as the greatest clutch hitter i have ever seen, and, possibly, has ever been. but it's also possibly true that the playing field wasn't level for him, and that's, i think, a big reason why jim rice is in the hall of fame today, and deservedly so.
there are some other '04 and '07 sox i'm convinced were also juicing, and their fall-off in production in '08 and '09 are my primary reasons why. (and, around the league, you can immediately see that they aren't alone). to jim's point, i think it's fair that they are stood up to be counted among those whose performances were enhanced by drugs and not simply by hard work and dedication.