Questions and answers on the David Ortiz news
What was your initial reaction?
Disappointment, more than anything. We all respond with a lot of personal bias, and in players cases these guys are close friends, or enemies and there can be no doubt that taints our response from one to the other. David is a close friend, and my goal at home is to make sure that my kids understand that being a good person, treating people right and being kind doesn’t excuse you from making stupid mistakes and bad decisions. As long as you own up and are accountable.
Is this more shocking than any other revelation? Given David’s public statements about the need to show that people can succeed “the right way” in ‘06, and his calls for punishment this spring, is this more surprising than other sluggers who have been caught?
I am not sure about anyone else, personally I am in no way shocked anymore. David’s statements make me think that the guys that did test positive do not know or have not been told — until these leaks come out.
As to the second point, I mean come on. Our stinking President had sex with a woman half his age in the oval office and looked straight into the camera in his best Rafael Palmeiro impersonation and said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” No, his comments don’t make it more surprising.
Should any of David’s subsequent accomplishments be judged by this?
That’s for you to decide. It seems to be an area of immense debate, but I am not sure how this could/should/will be resolved. Whatever you do you need to do it for anyone now, and if you do do something, make sure there is some detriment for anyone caught going forward. Given that so many people live on their accomplishments or stats, taking one or both away would be a decent way to deter some guys, I think.
Should any of the Sox’ accomplishments in ‘04 or ‘07 be judged differently because of this?
This makes me laugh. I have already seen the bandwagon fans start the *04 and *07 threads and remarks, people with teams who are far deeper into this than most other teams — as if this makes it all OK. Every team going back 10-15 years needs an * if you want to consider giving it to anyone. The hard part is that it’s turning into a situation where we are seeing every single GREAT player in the past 10 years caught, and they’re dragging what we thought were the majority, and are now turning into the minority, down with them.
Can David leave this controversy behind? Can the team? How does it affect the clubhouse?
Today’s game will certainly lessen the initial hammer, but it’s going to be near impossible to escape this given who he is and where he plays. It’s something the team certainly could do without, that’s for sure. My hope is that he owns up, says he did it, doesn’t put disclaimers or addendums to any of the confession, and moves on. If he does that I think it goes away far quicker than a “I just did it once” or “I had no idea” defense. If that happens, it will only serve to prolong what is already going to be a very painful series of events.
What can be done by MLB to move on? Disclose ALL the positive tests? Anything else?
If this is going to continue, MLB and the game would be far better served by just rolling them all out, right now. It wasn’t fair when Alex was outed on his own, and neither is this. It’s a field day for sports journalists with no talent, because their story is written for them.