Found May 10, 2013 on
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.
BEST OF MAXIM
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy interviewed David Ortiz and appeared to insinuate that the red-hot Red Sox slugger may be taking steroids.
After Blue Jays fans serenaded the tarnished designated hitter with chants of “steroids” during last week’s series in Toronto, acclaimed Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy rightfully questioned if Red Sox star David Ortiz is again abusing performance-enhancing drugs. Ortiz, who was publicly revealed by The New York Times to be one of approximately 100 ballplayers that...
The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy is one of my professional heroes. But I don't agree with how he handled his recent column on Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
Readers should understand that Shaughnessy's job, as a sports columnist, is not to be a fan boy, player's pal or owner's suck-up. It is not to make sure he remains in good standing with the ever-vigilant...
Tweet 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 [...]
While Dan Shaughnessy gets lionized among local media for his David Ortiz column from the other day, especially among sports radio hosts, a few people displaced from the local scene see the column for what it really was: garbage.
The worst baseball writing of the month -Rob Neyer says that the column takes muckraking to a whole different place.
You know what’s really a shame...
Since coming off the DL on April 20th, Red Sox David Ortiz (aka. Big Papi) has had one of the hottest bats in baseball. David Ortiz, mid warm up, turns back to the crowd. To quote CBS Boston’s Dan Roche: There were some out there who didn’t think Big Papi would return (because his Achilles was so bad) or even should return (because of how well the Sox were doing without him)...
When you think of the greatest Designated Hitters in MLB history, what is first thought that jumps into your mind? The casual fan might think of Jim Rice, Frank Thomas Paul Molitor and of course Seattle Mariners icon Edgar Martinez. There should be one more player that needs to be considered among these baseball greats, and that is the Designated Hitter for the Boston Red Sox David...
David Ortiz’ hitting streak is starting to reach historic levels
A couple of years ago, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins ended one season on some pretty absurd hitting streak. I don’t remember what it was on account of I’m not a Phillies fan nor am I motivated enough to look it up, I just remember it was a pretty long one. More importantly, it was getting a lot...
David Ortiz will get the day off on Sunday afternoon after going 1-17 in his last four games.
Mike Napoli will get the start at designated hitter, batting in Ortiz’s usual cleanup spot. Mike Carp will play first base and hit sixth.
The Blue Jays are sticking with what worked on Saturday afternoon as they stick with the same lineup in consecutive days. Righty Chad Jenkins will...
If last nights Red Sox 15-8 loss to the Twins had been a football game Bill Belichick would bury the ball in the end zone and say, "fuggedaboudit."
While it's no crime to lose by a seven on the gridiron, it is another thing to lose by a touchdown on the diamond. However, these types of nights happen over the course of 162. Someone tell...
“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on Mother’s Day, May 12, with an AL East match-up featuring David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox hosting Edwin Encarnacion and the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:30 p.m. ET. Boston’s Ryan Dempster is scheduled to take the mound against Toronto’s probable starting pitcher Brandon Morrow. In the TBS broadcast booth, Brian Anderson will call the action...
The Red Sox are facing their first real test this year, both on the field and off. On the field, they have lost 6 of 7, and are dealing with injuries to both regular closers. Joel Hanrahan was just moved from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL, and there is talk of surgery. Off the field, David Ortiz is being questioned for PED use and Clay Bucholz was questioned by Toronto media for...
A sampling of the tweets from the accounts of people in baseball regarding J.A. Happ's injury. Happ was hit by a line drive Tuesday night.
Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. ((at)jparencibia9)
Keep JA Happ in your prayers... Hardest thing I've ever had to see back there...
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz ((at)davidortiz)
My prayer and though to j.A happ...
April spoils have brought May turmoil.
The Red Sox have now lost four out of their last five, and their pitching looks as thin as ever. There was no consolation prize either – David Ortiz went 0-5, ending his 27 game hitting streak.
Here are the Four Bases:
First Base: To say the least, Allen Webster‘s start was not the one that John Farrell was looking for. Despite his very...
11:30 a.m.: David Ortiz started the season like a house on fire, hitting .500 (18-for-36) with three home runs and 15RBIs in nine April games. He has struggled of late, though, hitting just .179 (7-for-39) in May.
Ortiz will get the day off on Sunday, which is a move designed to get the slugger back-to-back days off — the Red Sox have an off day on Monday. That means Mike Napoli...