Here is David Ortiz's statement regarding the recent report that he tested positive for a performance enhancing drug during the 2003 "anonymous" survey:
"Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blind sided me....I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive."
Very interesting, David. If my memory serves me correct, According to the Mitchell Report, weren't those players that tested positive in 2003 notified in September of 2004? Yes, my memory serves me correct. Check out the Mitchell Report. It's on pages 281-283. I'll wait while you look it up. But wait, there's more!
Following the report that Alex Rodriguez was among the 104 players who tested positive in the 2003 survey, Union Czar Donald Fehr stated that the union first received test results on Nov. 11, 2003. The results were finalized two days later and the players were notified the following day, a Friday.
That puts the timeline of David Ortiz's notification of PED use at Nov. 13, 2003, not yesterday July 30, 2009. So that's two lines of evidence, one from the Mitchell Report and the other from Union guy Donald Fehr, stating that if Ortiz had failed, he would have been notified shortly afterward of his positive test. Hence, Ortiz would not be "blindsided".
So unless, this is all a huge lie and David Ortiz truly never used performance enhancing drugs during the 2003 season, it looks like Red Sox Naton has a lot to ponder. Sorry Murph, looks like Ramon Hernandez Put Down The Gun just rocked your little world. Go Yankees!