Monday, August 10, 2009

Big Papi's Vague Explanation Does Little To Clear Doubts of His Drug Usage


Maybe it’s the biggest scandal in baseball.

Maybe the union is hiding important information. And maybe baseball is to embarrass of unveiling the truth.

All of us as citizens shouldn’t believe a word coming out of the mouth of David Ortiz, the latest name leaked to the 2003 list of the 104 players involved in the Steroid Era, or a mystical union.

None of them can be trusted, after lying directly to us as there are still myriads of tainted players living a lie. Wow. Let’s just say this is a crisis the union and Ortiz has twisted, making it difficult to muster truthful evidence.

I’m befuddled, disappointed and hopeless of a sport that is suffering from a wretched era of poison syringes, disgusting pills and more perplexing drugs out there.

But the latest criminal is Big Papi, of revelations yet again setting a destructive image on the majors. It has reached a point of fatigue, shame and stupidity on certain levels.

Like Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, and Manny Ramirez, he uses the excuse method to escape from the criticism and frenzied queries.

When Big Papi’s name was leaked to a report 10 days ago, the story has developed a BIG MESS and remains to put a freeze on the game. Disgracefully, baseball scandals continue to highlight a demoralizing season, and now reduce the moods of many passionate fans.

For a while, I considered boycotting the game, but realized there are more positive perceptions, still existing. In the meantime, a mysterious list of anonymous players is lingering and uncovering names. Unfortunately, the guilty sham is a likable guy who has amassed homers and RBIs, establishing a home in Boston to emerge into a primary source.

With Ortiz’s heroics and brilliant swings, he’s the favorable player and praised mightily, helping the Red Sox prevail in two World Series titles this decade. But their titles have generated lasting questions on if the triumphant effort was actually tainted of Manny Ramirez’s and Ortiz’s unlawful supplements.

Aside from the apparent supplements Ortiz pumped into his massive body, wasn’t he the so-called slugger who insisted that every player should be tested on a regular and if a player tested positive to serve a harsh punishment? Yes, it was him.

Now that his name is portrayed as a cheater, Ortiz denies any relations to the other frauds. Judging Ortiz’s popularity among major league players and his development into a well-beloved fan favorite in Boston, fans will still brace him after he was caught cheating.

The least Ortiz can give to fans is an explanation on how he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Now, it seems like a good time to release guilt and humiliation off his back with a truthful answer.

But as usual, like the others, Ortiz’s credibility diminished as he refused to provide specifics. Same goes for the union, doing everything they can to keep the truth hidden, saying it’s prohibited to reveal what he tested positive for because of court orders. It is bad enough they’re concealing the list from us, and now they’re not giving us details on Ortiz’s fraudulent intakes.

Well, less information doesn’t restore an excusable cause, nor does it revamp credibility. It is hard to believe anything, as Ortiz and the union sugarcoat all the facts and continue to allow the biggest scandal to ruin an unknown season, now with a list of players to surface anytime soon.

Instead of giving us useful answers, they gave us more perplexing nonsense. This forces disappointed fans to ponder and try to grasp a sense of what Ortiz really took.

In other words, we’re stuck playing guessing games, and we’re attempting to make a hard swing and understand the puzzling infamy. It is swirling around baseball faster than a 99mph fastball, and it has literally revealed more drama. By now people are tired of revelations that lack certainty, which makes it hard to believe anyone in this devastating era.

If you tell the world Ortiz tested positive for performance-enhancer, then you should come clean and tell us what he stored into his body. It’s just that simple. So, Ortiz informed us Saturday he never used steroids, and that it was vitamins and over-the-counter supplements.

And he expects us to believe that. We should be accustomed of player’s convenient excuses. We should’ve seen this protocol coming again. And we should’ve known Ortiz would classify himself as an innocent man. Don’t they all?

What we saw and heard from Ortiz were similar scenarios from others. So once again, major league baseball caught another suspect in a foolish lie. Then again, maybe the government is goons and prefers not to dwell on the infamous past.

The truth might never be revealed, with the stubborn-minded government seizing the survey list of positive test during the BALCO investigation. That was a perfect moment to remove headaches of drug issues away from a sport that was cherished for its tradition.

Meanwhile, there is some suspicion to Ortiz’s elusive story. Remember when he played for the Twins, where his name was hardly mentioned and then went to Boston and emerged into a big star? Yes!

Remember when everyone was convinced that Ortiz’s surreal power had levitated to baseball’s best? Well it has being anything but excellent, as the numbers have dropped. Those are your hints that something unfathomable created more issues, relating to the benefits of performance-enhancers.

Denying he ever used or purchased steroids is difficult to accept. No time to feel sympathy, nor time to trust a player. By giving out limited details, Michael Weiner, who is waiting to replace Donald Fehr as the next union chief, allowed Ortiz a free ride.

At least it’s what we should take from a vague conference, when Weiner touched on some points of the players who tested positive, of course reactions nobody was anxious to hear.

One of the players on the list could be one of the eight who tested positive for an illegal dietary supplement. There are allegedly 96 names included on the ’03 list and have tested dirty, but 13 of the 96 positive tests are being disputed.

The union informed Ortiz in ’04 that his name was on the list, but that he might hadn’t tested dirty. From all this confusion, we’ll never know.

From an unspecific union and Ortiz, we’ll never know.

But, each makes a brilliant cover up.