David Ortiz: 'Nobody' has offered clarification regarding 2003 list

Rob Bradford
August 06, 2013 - 10:57 pm

HOUSTON '€“ The frustration hasn'€™t gone away for David Ortiz. Speaking prior to the Red Sox'€™ 15-10 win over the Astros, Ortiz expressed his continued displeasure over a lack of clarification regarding why he had been identified in 2009 as one of approximately 100 major-league players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during '03 survey testing. Ortiz told WEEI.com that despite numerous attempts to uncover what exactly he had been placed on the court-ordered sealed list for, there had been no cooperation from any of the parties involved. '€œNo. Nobody. Not MLB. Not the Players Association. Nobody,'€ said Ortiz when asked if anyone had revealed what he had reportedly tested positive for. '€œThey just threw it out there that I tested positive on this one list and that was it. Nothing. So I have to deal with that, and your mind is all over the place. And I'€™ve lived with it.'€ While performance-enhancing drugs have been at the forefront of the news in recent weeks '€“ with 12 major-league players being suspended 50 games, and Alex Rodriguez appealing his 211-game suspension '€“ the topic of Ortiz'€™ presence on the '€™03 list was surfaced when discussing obstacles this season. While the 37-year-old has had to overcome an Achilles injury earlier this season '€“ along with going through off-the-field issues (a divorce) '€“ Ortiz still identified his obstacles four seasons ago as the most challenging of his career. '€œI don'€™t think I'€™m going to have a worse year than '€™09 and I came out of it,'€ Ortiz said. '€œThat'€™s the one thing I look at and the one thing I tell myself, '€˜If you survive through that, you'€™re a warrior.'€™ A lot of things went down that year. Things I had nothing to do with. It was somebody was trying to hurt me. '€œIt is something that is still in the dark because nobody ever had the [guts] to come to me and say, '€˜This is what was happening.'€™ You damaged my image at the time, and it has always stayed like that. No explanation. No nothing.'€ After his four-hit game Tuesday night, Ortiz is hitting .326 with a .992 OPS, fourth-best in the major leagues. '€œIt'€™s been a crazy year,'€ he said. '€œI'€™ve been going through a lot of things. But then I get to the field, I look at my teammates, I look at the hope people have in us, I look at where we are. That gets me going. Fenway Park is like a dream come true to me. When I walk into Fenway and I hear everybody screaming my name, that'€™s something that gets me going. That got me through a tough year." As for the lingering frustration over a continued lack of information regarding the '€™03 test, Ortiz reiterated, '€œA lot of things happen in your career that has to do with bad people trying to do stupid things.'€