David Ortiz slams Boston ‘reporter with the red jheri curl’ in fiery steroid essay
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz penned a fiery essay for “The Players’ Tribune” in which he defiantly defends his integrity in the face of the steroid accusations that have been thrown at him during his career.
Ortiz saves his most vitriolic comments in the essay for Dan Shaughnessy, a columnist for the Boston Globe with whom he had a confrontation during the 2013 season. Ortiz refers to Shaughnessy not by name, but the “reporter with the red jheri curl.”
Big Papi recollects the run-in as follows.
In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My first 20 games I was hitting like .400. And the reporter with the red jheri curl from The Boston Globe comes into the locker room says, “You’re from the Dominican. You’re older. You fit the profile of a steroid user. Don’t you think you’re a prime suspect?”
He’s saying this with a straight face. I had taken like 70 at-bats. Anybody can get hot and hit .400 with 70 at-bats. I was stunned. I’m like, I’m Dominican? I fit the profile? Are you kidding me?
I wanted to kill this guy. But you can’t react. That’s what they want. They want you to get angry so they can bury you. So I just smiled at him and asked for his address.
“Why do you want my address?” he said.
“Because I just got tested two days ago.” I said. “I’ll mail you the f****ing results.”
Ortiz claims he’s been tested more than 80 times for PEDs since 2004 in the sometimes-profane piece entitled, “The Dirt.” He bemoans what he believes to be the excessive amount of tests he’s been subjected to since the slugger was among the over 100 players whose names were on a list of major leaguers who purportedly tested positive for PEDs in 2002.
While Ortiz in 2009 admitted to testing positive in 2003, he vehemently continues to maintain his innocence in some respects to this day, claiming he has never “knowingly” took PEDs.
[H/T The Big Lead/For the Win, photo credit: Barstool Sports]