David Ortiz is still taking shots at the Yankees.
In an interview on Boston sports talk radio station WEEI Friday afternoon, Big Papi, who retired from the MLB last season, speculated that the Yankees intentionally leaked his name to the New York Times in the paper’s 2009 report on 104 players who tested positive for PEDs six years prior.
“What was the reason for them to come out with something like that?” Ortiz said about the report during the segment. “The only thing that I can think of, to be honest with you, a lot of big guys from the Yankees were being caught. And no one from Boston.
“This was just something that leaked out of New York and they had zero explanation about it.”
Of the 104 players in the Times report, only three were actually identified: Ortiz, his former teammate Manny Ramirez (who was on the Red Sox in 2003) and Sammy Sosa. All of the names were supposed to be kept confidential.
The paper notes that it learned Ortiz and Ramirez were on the list “through interviews with lawyers” and that the substances in the failed tests were not identified.
Taking a step back from pointing his finger solely at the Yankees, Ortiz bashed the source of the article during his radio spot.
“A newspaper coming out of New York with that news… give me reason why you say I used a steroid,” he said. “It don’t make any sense to me.”
To further try to get his point across, Big Papi explained that he also was never told which substance made him fail the test.
“Everybody who got caught… all of them were told what they bought, what they used, everything. But David Ortiz. Nobody came to me after, nobody came to me before. Nobody came to me ever, to tell me that I tested positive for any kind of steroids.”
In 2003, his first season in Boston, Ortiz hit a then career-high 31 home runs. Over the next three seasons with the Red Sox, he broke his personal mark with 41, 47 and 54 homers, respectively.
From 1997 to 2002 with the Twins, Ortiz never hit more than 20 home runs.