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David Ortiz does not owe you an apology.
Contrary to the nonsensical ramblings of Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, Big Papi certainly doesn’t owe the Red Sox an apology either.
I don’t care if he injected himself with anabolic steroids, or if he merely took some banned supplements, and neither should you.
Should he apologize for the game winning home runs? The playoff wins? The World Series titles?
If Jose Canseco and Ken Caminiti are right, and nothing we have learned in the last decade contradicts it, then upwards of 80% of major league baseball was on “performance enhancing drugs” during the 1990’s. That means that 20 out of 25 guys on every team in the league. Go ahead and cite that statistic the next time some Yankees fan tells you that the 2004 and 2007 championships are tainted. Yeah, right. About as tainted as the 2003 Yankees team that beat the Sox in the ALCS. Remember that team? Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens, and Andy Pettitte are all confirmed, or strongly suspected, PED users.
And you know what? I don’t care. Really.
These guys didn’t cheat the game as much as they cheated the record books. This isn’t the Black Sox throwing the 1919 World Series, or Pete Rose betting on baseball while managing the Reds. This is about doing everything possible to win games. It really isn’t that much different than Gaylord Perry throwing spitballs, or Graig Nettles corking his bat. In fact, given the apparently rampant use of PEDs, I consider it a largely level playing field.
What about the record book? Ah, there’s the rub. David Ortiz, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, et al. don’t owe you and I an apology, but they do owe an apology to the previous generation of record holders. Hank Aaron deserves an apology. Reggie Jackson, too. And Frank Robinson. Maybe Lou Brock, as well. Those guys have been supplanted by the PED users. They have every right to be upset. We don’t.