David Ortiz

David Ortiz in The Players' Tribune essay: 'I never knowingly took any steroids'

Ryan Hannable
March 26, 2015 - 4:22 pm

David Ortiz took to Derek Jeter's website, The Players' Tribune, to voice his thoughts on a number of different topics -- the biggest being steroids. In 2009 it came out that in 2003 Ortiz tested positive on a test to determine whether mandatory random drug testing was necessary in Major League Baseball. The results were supposed to remain anonymous, and it was also never revealed what exactly Ortiz tested positive for. "Let me tell you something. Say whatever you want about me -- love me, hate me. But I'm no [expletive]," Ortiz wrote. "I never knowingly took any steroids. If I tested positive for anything, it was for something in pills I bought at the damn mall. If you think that ruins everything I have done in this game, there is nothing I can say to convince you different." Ortiz relayed a story of him being on vacation in the Dominican and having MLB reps show up at his door to test him for steroids. He says this is a common occurrence. "In some people's minds, I will always be considered a cheater. And that's [expletive]," he wrote. "Mark my words: Nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs more than me. You know how many times I've been tested since 2004? More than 80. They say these tests are random. If it's really random, I should start playing the damn lottery. Some people still think the testing is a joke. It's no joke. Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases. I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will." Most recently a major topic surrounding the designated hitter is whether or not he should be inducted to the Hall of Fame. Ortiz feels he should be. "Hell yes I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame," Ortiz wrote. "I've won three World Series since MLB introduced comprehensive drug testing. I've performed year after year after year. But if a bunch of writers who have never swung a bat want to tell me it's all for nothing, OK. Why do they write my legacy?" He added: "In 75 years, when I'm dead and gone, I won't care if I'm in the Hall of Fame. I won't care if a bunch of baseball writers know the truth about who I am in my soul and what I have done in this game. I care that my children know the truth." Click here to read the complete essay at The Players' Tribune website.