Just another day in Boston sports, huh?
Today is shaping up as more of the same as the fallout continues from yesterday’s revelation in the New York Times, and with the MLB trade deadline. Both events should dominate the discussions today.
First, let’s get to the Ortiz stuff. To be honest, I’m not interested in reading yet another session of moralizing from sports writers. I’ve read it all before. Do we honestly think that Gerry Callahan is going to say anything new in his column today?
Before I list out the articles on Ortiz, I’d like to address this ridiculous notion that now the 2004 and 2007 World Series titles are “tainted.” You’re going to hear that word a lot. The two “T’s” – “tainted” and “tarnished.” If you’re going to make that statement, then I encourage you to look over the rosters of all World Series champions since say, 1996, and try and find a team that hasn’t had someone connected with steroids. The zealots will turn and say that Ortiz and Manny were the superstars, and that’s different than some role player taking them. Maybe, maybe not. Let’s give a hypothetical scenario here, let’s say in a few months it comes out that Dave Roberts took steroids in 2004 (Note – there has never been so much as a whisper saying this, this is just a hypothetical.) Let’s say it helped give him that split-second extra speed that he needed to steal second in game four. That play had as big an impact as any that postseason. So if he were on steroids, that also significantly “taints” the title, even though Roberts was just the fourth outfielder. More so than Ortiz or Ramirez? Perhaps not overall, but in the most crucial moment, yes.
Is this just going to continue? Is the New York Times going to leak another couple names every few weeks, and we can get another round of moralizing. When are we going to realize that the entire era is “tainted?” I agree with those who say people will look back in 50 years and not even give any significance to steroids in this era. I’ll be happy when everyone can just move on.
OK, I’m going to list out the Ortiz articles from this morning, with no comment. You can decide if you want to read them or not. Before you click any of them, though, I suggest you read Michael Gee’s take on the matter. Then you might decide not to read anything else.
Steroids scandal hits home - Bob Hohler
Suffering from ‘roid rage’ - Dan Shaughnessy
Another big hit - Bob Ryan
The clubhouse view is a show of support - Amalie Benjamin
No. 1 gripe: the list - Nick Cafardo
Papi goes the weasel - Gerry Callahan
Steroid taint hits home - Sean McAdam
David Ortiz failed drug test - John Tomase
A big blow to Big Papi’s legacy Rep takes a hit - Steve Buckley
Bronson Arroyo: Bad andro may be cause - Michael Silverman
Pop Goes Papi Myth - Jeff Jacobs
How could anyone be ‘blindsided’ by the news? - Jim Donaldson
Does David Ortiz’ News Really Matter To Red Sox Fans? - Rob Bradford
David Ortiz asking a lot from Red Sox fans - Rom Chimelis
Tarnished legacy for Sox and Ortiz - Eric Avidon
Ortiz revelation is not news - Brian MacPherson
There’s nothing tainted about how Papi made us feel - Jon Couture (OK, I do recommend you read this one)
Fans saddened but not shocked about Ortiz’s drug test - Jessica Bartlett
Ortiz steroid controversy creates quagmire for Red Sox, MLB - Steve Krause
Ortiz test rocks Red Sox Nation - Maureen Mullen
Question is, now what? - Steve Solloway
David Ortiz’s fiscal star power threatened - Jay Fitzgerald
Red Sox fans stand by their men - Edward Mason
OK, so I think that’s about it around New England this morning on this topic.
How about that game yesterday?
John Tomase looks at an Ortiz homer saving the day and salvaging a split with the A’s yesterday. Michael Whitmer has Ortiz and the Sox all business yesterday. Ron Chimelis has Ortiz coming through in the clutch yesterday. Alex Speier says this could be a season-changing win for the Sox. Paul Kenyon notes that there was no celebration over what should’ve been a big win. Scott McLaughlin has Ortiz delivering in a big spot for the Sox.
John Powers says that Theo Epstein has never been shy about making a bold move at the deadline. Sean McAdam says Epstein is still very active in trade talks. Nick Cafardo says that making a move would help the Sox move on. Speier has more on the Sox Pursuit of an Impact Trade today.
Tomase’s notebook has John Smoltz still hoping to straighten things out. Whitmer’s notebook has Dice-K trying to put out the fire on his controversy with a statement of his own. Chimelis’ notebook has the Sox interested in San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez. Ballou’s notebook has Mike Lowell continuing his hot hitting.
Christopher L. Gasper says that Tom Brady, though he didn’t speak a word, was still the talk of camp yesterday. Andy Vogt says that it was business as usual down in Foxboro on the first day of camp. Rich Garven has a “friendlier” Bill Belichick getting things rolling. Hector Longo tries to sum up what he felt was a strange opening day of camp. Ian R. Rapoport has Brady with a slight limp and strange gait at times, but looking good overall. Mark Farinella looks at a soggy opening to camp.
Julian Benbow has Fred Taylor ready to help not just the Patriots in general, but Laurence Maroney specifically if needed. Jennifer Toland has Taylor ready to dispense advice if needed. Karen Guregian has Taylor looking to be a mentor for Maroney.
Mike Lowe has a group of happy campers on hand yesterday. Guregian has the newbies thinking Bill Belichick isn’t really all that bad. Shalise Manza Young has Belichick adapting over the years. Glen Farley says that Michael Vick’s services aren’t needed with the Patriots.
Gasper’s notebook has Belichick complimentary of Michael Vick’s talents on the field. Vogt’s notebook says Belichick was a little coy in talking about Vick. Rapoport’s notebook also looks at Belichick’s comments on Vick. Young’s Patriots journal has Belichick not giving any hints on Vick. Farinella’s notebook has Belichick passing over comments on the recently reinstated QB.
Chad Finn has a look at NESN’s planned coverage for today’s trade deadline, and a number of other media notes.
Bill Doyle also looks at the coverage and has other items, such as HBO’s boxing documentary and WEEI’s curious press release on the Patriots Monday and Friday programming.