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David Ortiz rejects that he gets PED ‘free pass’

David Ortiz said it is unfair his name is brought up when talk turns to PED use in baseball, as it did during the weekend’s Red Sox-Orioles series.

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David Ortiz said it is unfair his name is brought up when talk turns to PED use in baseball, as it did during the weekend’s Red Sox-Orioles series.

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has expressed his unhappiness with being associated with the latest discussion about performance enhancing drugs.

In an interview with WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Ortiz said it is unfair his name is brought up when talk turns to PED use in baseball, as it did during the weekend’s Red Sox-Orioles series.

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“What pisses me off is the whole thing about why does my name got to be mentioned in that? What did I have to do with that?,” he said. “I saw on MLB [Network] the guys talking about it, and then they brought my name up, and one of the guys said that I got a free pass on that. It was the Lackey and Showalter thing, going back and forth. Showalter didn’t say anything about me.”

On Saturday, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey expressed his disapproval of Orioles DH Nelson Cruz, who served a 50-game suspension last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal, by refusing to talk about him after Cruz had a big game. That prompted Orioles manager Buck Showalter to suggest the Red Sox look at themselves before accusing others.

Ortiz saw a discussion of the topic on MLB Network, and a host said Ortiz had received a “free pass” in regard to his name appearing on a list of players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003. Ortiz has been hounded by suspicion ever since.

“In this country, nobody gets a free pass. He wants to make it sound like I got a free pass because nobody can point fingers at me directly. But the reason why I got that fake [expletive] free pass that he’s saying is because they pointed fingers at me with no proof,” Ortiz said. “You don’t get no free pass here, especially a guy like me. I don’t get no free pass. That free pass B.S. that they want to talk about over there, they can shove it up their [expletive].”

Ortiz also said he is frequently tested by Major League Baseball.

“There’s a reason why I’ve been drug-tested like eight times and we’re not even at the break. Is that a free pass? There’s a reason why I’ve been tested like 40 times since they approved the policy, the drug policy. Is that a free pass? They can get that free pass and shove it up their [expletive],” he said.

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.
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