Dan Shaughnessy, a high-profile columnist for the Boston Globe, has never been one to mince words and has always been one to cause a stir. After all, this is the man who referred to the 2004 Red Sox, prior to their magical comeback, “a happy-go-lucky (then suddenly unlucky) pack of frauds.”
Shaughnessy is at it again on Thursday morning with a column discussing Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in which he basically accuses Ortiz of using Performance Enhancing Drugs.
From the column:
So David Ortiz knows. He knows he is a suspect. He knows there are people out there who think he’s cheating. His name appeared on a list of players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003. And what he is doing now just doesn’t look possible.
When you cheat at cards, they tell you to lose a couple of hands to make it look good. Ortiz can’t even seem to do that. He just keeps raking. Ortiz Tuesday night extended his hitting streak to 27 games, dating to last July, before he got hurt.
The column also features an interview Shaughnessy conducted with Ortiz in which Ortiz repeatedly denies using steroids, despite Shaughnessy calling him “dirty.”
Ortiz’s final quote in the piece is a strong statement in denial, saying, “I guarantee you that later, you are not going to find out that I tested positive for some [expletive]. It’s not happening. Guaranteed. Guaranteed.”
Though what Big Papi is accomplishing right now is somewhat surreal, but this column, with no proof and just no speculation, seems more like a ploy for attention than anything else.
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