Dan Shaughnessy is at it again. The long-time Boston Globe columnist posted an article on Wednesday entitled "David Ortiz rejects talk of steroid use." I'm sure you can see where this one is heading already. In the article, Shaughnessy not so subtlely says that Ortiz is taking steroids (with only a 2009 New York Times column stating Ortiz tested positive in 2003 as any link with him to PEDs). The entire column is really just a massive hit piece on Ortiz for playing out of his mind to start the year, but it really can all be summed up in the first paragraph.
Hitting is not this easy. Athletes do not get better as they mature into their late 30s. Baseball has been peppered with performance-enhancing drugs for the last 20 years. The cheaters are always ahead of the testers. A number of players from the Dominican Republic have tested positive for steroids. Injuries to the Achilles’ tendon are consistent with steroid use. It is not natural for a guy to hit .426 out of the gate without the benefit of any spring training.
There's a lot that's wrong with this first paragraph of his article. There's not even a sense of schaudenfreude like there was two Septembers ago, when Shaughnessy boldly predicted that the Rays wouldn't come back from a 7-0 deficit against the Yankees (they did) and that the Red Sox season wouldn't end that evening in Baltimore (it did). But anyway, how is it at all responsible for a major media personality like Shaughnessy to lob grenades like this with no repercussions? If instead of steroids, Shaughnessy accused Ortiz of abusing illegal drugs, I'm sure there would be *a lot* more backlash towards him from editors and fellow writers, as opposed to essentially just shrugging it off because he's tied to steroids instead of something with actual real world consequences.
The painting of all Dominican players as steroid abusers is also pretty crass from Shaughnessy. It reminds me of nearly all mainstream media outlets painting all Muslims as terrorists. For the record, of the 67 MLB players suspended for PEDs, more Americans (29) were suspended than Dominicans (20). Rampant racial profiling from a columnist at one of the largest newspapers in the country? I'LL ALLOW IT!
Remember: this is the same guy that went on a tirade about bloggers and the internet for human cruelty back in October. And now, he's bashing the hell out of Ortiz, a Red Sox icon who has always pounded the hell out of the ball when he's healthy. To his credit, Ortiz didn't hold back on Shaughnessy and simply let this column slide off his shoulders.
"Yesterday, the guy came to see me and asked some questions about steroids, and when you see the writing, it basically focuses on the fact that I'm Dominican and that many Dominicans have been caught using steroids. And what about the Americans?" Ortiz said.
"If you're from the Middle East, because there are some people there who put bombs and terrorize civilians, I have to see you like that, as well? If you are a white American, I have to call you a racist because white Americans were in the Ku Klux Klan?
"The thing that stung me was his statement about Dominicans. You mean that in Dominican Republic there are no players who try to do things right? We are all in the same boat. And the people here who have been caught, does that put everyone here in the same boat?"
The double standard in journalism is still alive and well.
Dumb post. Shaughnessy simply said what everybody in their right mind is thinking. He's also right about the Dominicans, the percentage of Dominicans in the league that were stupid enough not to take precautions to get busted relative to the total number of Dominicans in the league is an out of whack percentage.
It's irresponsible to make an accusation like that with no evidence. The fact that he's playing well is not evidence. It's unusual for an older player to have a big year, but it's not unheard of. Would it shock me to learn Ortiz is using PEDs? No. But it's irresponsible to assume it without evidence.
Ortiz is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. If you have listened to Shaughnessy...he never supported the 2year deal the RS gave him and it is another time when his opinion has been shown to be wrong. Realistically though, I just can' t figure his motivation. It seems he loses more than he gains within the clubhouse and what will become limited accessibility to the players and owners. His appearance on Saturday morning's The Baseball Show could be interesting. Then again, maybe he is just a ratings slut. It remains to be seen how this plays out.
You need to understand that Shaughnessy is a bitter, angry man. Toiling away at an uber-Leftist newspaper will foster that. But more to his bitterness: He's locked behind The Globe's 99-cent-per-month paywall. Which nobody buys. Imagine writing a column and, through that effort, realizing that six people may see it and three will read it. You'd bring your seething rage home, too, and that's why we pray for the well-being of the children and pets in Shaughnessy's uber-rich manse. What you will see, soon, is the announcement of Shaughnessy's retirement. A culmination of climbing rage and falling talent.
So 29 American born were suspended as opposed to 20 Dominican born. If you do the math, that means that 4.7% of American born players were suspended, vs. 23.3% of Dominican born players. Nice try, but some of us baseball fans are pretty familiar with numbers. DR born players are far more likely to be caught using PEDs than US born players are.
I heard a rumor that Dan Dan is just bitter because he has a small wang... I heard Irish dudes got small wangs
I fear this is another Sammy Sosa situation down the line where someone is going to get the balls to challenge Ortiz to wiz in a cup and have it tested!! Until then the speculation will continue!
Most people in Boston stopped taking him seriously a while ago. He does this crap all the time, ask Ortiz about steroids solely to write an article about Ortiz and steroids. Par for the course for Shaughny.
@Pastor Bear Remember that Ortiz has been tested many times since 2003 (he last 9 years) and has come up clean in every test. What more can the dude do?
@ryanvandenberg And what's your point? So that makes Ortiz automatically guilty? I suppose you think ALL Catholic priests are child molesting perverts and ALL Italians are in the Mafia and ALL Irishmen are Drunks , etc.
@HalfFast I don't think he's saying that at all - he's merely pointing out that if you rip a guy by quoting statistics, you'd better make sure that you're not deliberately misinterpreting the same stats to try and score a cheap point.
@eoin_daly @HalfFast eoin_daly is correct. I didn't say Ortiz is guilty. I said that using the numbers this article used to make a point about Americans being bigger abusers of steroids than Dominicans is statistically false. The author is entitled to his own opinions. He is not entitled to his own facts, or entitled to mislead his audience.