Ortiz, who quipped in March 2005 that any steroid test he took would turn up nothing but "rice and beans", said he stopped drinking protein shakes in the Dominican Republic when he realized he didn't know what was in them: "I don't know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it."
It became a topic for the national sports media yesterday. Terry Francona was pissed off:
I've got a writer from Toronto who comes in last night, and he was on a mission. He goes, 'Ortiz fessed up to taking steroids.' That's how he starts with me. I almost carried him by his collar out of here. That's not true. That's being unprofessional. I lose respect for the profession. It's probably not fair but ... I've got to go through the next 10 cities trying to defend David. That should never happen.I looked at the websites of the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the National Post, but found nothing written about Ortiz's comments. I guess once Tito gave the guy the bum's rush, there wasn't much of a story.
Ortiz wondered if he should just clam up: "Maybe it's better not to say anything." He spoke to television reporters after last night's game, but not the print media.
Papi: Your comments are always welcome here.