Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cheating Champions: Report Claims Manny & Ortiz Part of '03 Steriod List

Let's flashback to 2004. How can we forget the year that the Red Sox snapped the 86-year Curse of the Bambino on the backs of their two golden sluggers, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox were on top of the baseball world.

From the viewpoint of Red Sox Nation, to undermine the importance of that miracolous season would be a travesty of fanhood. Call it tainted, you've committed Cardinal Sin.

Until today.

According to sources close to the New York Times, the names of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are inscribed on the list of 103 players who tested postitive for performance-enhancers in a test conducted in 2003 -- one year prior to the year in which the Red Sox heros, Manny and Big Papi, anchored the team in their successful quest to "reverse the curse."

The accusations leave many fans scratching their heads. The tag-team, the dynamic duo, the most feared one-two punch in baseball -- the guys that were the first pair of American League teammates to yank 40 home runs, have 100 RBI, and bat .300 since Babe and Lou did it for the 1931 Yankees -- tainted? And what can we say of the rings both adorn on their fingers thanks to the '04 curse-reverse and '07 dominating run?

Amidst the chaos, Red Sox Nation is left with only one valid argument: everyone was juicing. Tell me a guy who wasn't on something during this time frame, they shout -- a credible assertion.

But for those fans who looked up to Manny and Big Papi as baseball gods -- champions of the sport -- the shouts only leave echos bouncing off the Green Monster, leaving in their wake an overwhelming aura of despondency and disappointment on America's greatest pastime.

February 2009: Ortiz: "I know that if I test positive by using any kind of substance, I know that I'm going to disrespect my family, the game, the fans and everybody, and I don't want to be facing that situation."

Like it or not, Ortiz is now facing that situation.

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