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It was revealed today by the New York Times that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were named on the famous 2003 list of over 100 names that tested positive for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. This is the same list that has named Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.
Manny was already suspended 50 games earlier this season for violating baseball’s drug policy, but the big shocker comes in the form of Boston’s hero, David Ortiz. Ortiz had been the subject of speculation, especially due to his sudden decline in production this season. Manny and Ortiz were of course apart of Boston’s World Series championship teams in 2004 and 2007 and now such great accomplishments will be tarnished and scrutinized in the sports world.
My Take: The names keep falling and there is no end in sight. The Boston/New England sports world keeps taking a step back. Starting with Spygate in 2007 and now we have our two most recent World Series championships tainted by performance-enhancing drugs. Who will be the next name to be made public from this 2003 list? Only time will tell.