Sometimes I listen to ESPN Radio on the way to work; I’m not even sure why since most of what I hear is wrong-headed or–even worse–concerns only football. Since the end of the World Series, the one that featured the punishing of our beloved Cardinals, I’ve heard multiple blips concerning David Ortiz and his acid-trip numbers during this fall classic. That’s to be expected, as Ortiz labeled virtually every pitch that came his way regardless of where it was placed or from whose hand it came. Ortiz had a truly special World Series, and that’s something I can admit even if I will probably always resent him forever because of it.
While discussion of Ortiz’s heroics is natural, flipping the ‘on” switch to the PED Media Machine most certainly is not. I’m not saying anything here that hasn’t been said more eloquently before, but why in the hell does every special baseball performance from an offensive player have to result in everyone screaming “STEROIDS!” and opening verbal fire on the hitter who had the absolute nerve to succeed wildly? (continue reading…)