David Ortiz said in a radio interview on Friday that he believes “New York” leaked his name to The New York Times in 2009 as a part of a report about players who had failed performance-enhancing drug tests in the past.
In 2003, baseball screened players for steriods for the first time, and the results were not supposed to be made public. But in 2009, some names were leaked as having failed that test, Oriz being one of them. Ortiz has denied the allegation vehemently since it was reported by the Times.
Talking on the “Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe” show on Friday — Michael Holley is the coauthor of Ortiz’s recently released book “Papi: My Story” — Ortiz said the following:
“What happened in 2009, when they threw my name out there, you know, I always get down and think about, what was the reason for them to come out with something like that? And the only thing that I can think of, to be honest with you, a lot of the guys from the Yankees were getting caught, and no one from Boston. So who was the big guy in Boston? That was me . . . They were just trying to do what they did: Call the attention to someone else.
“Show me that I was on the list, show me what I tested positive for . . . Give me a reason why you say I used the steriods. It don’t make any sense to me.
“Everybody who got caught . . . all of them were told what they bought, what they used, and everything, but David Ortiz. How about that? So nobody came to me after, nobody came to me before, nobody came to me ever to tell me that I test positive for any kind of steriods. This was just something that leaked out of New York. And they have zero explanation about it. It was just, ‘Yeah, your name was there.’ I was like, ‘Oh, OK, I see how that works.’ ”
This isn’t the first time Ortiz has expressed concern that the alleged failed test will tarnish his legacy. In 2015, he told the Globe's Bob Hohler, “If one day I’m up for the Hall of Fame and there are guys who don’t vote for me because of that, I will call it unfair.”
You can listen to the whole radio interview here.Heather Ciras can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @heatherciras.