The “revelation” about David Ortiz’s positive steroids test in 2003 is about to be addressed by Big Papi himself, according to the BOSTON GLOBE. That’s good, we suppose; you don’t want that fact just floating out there without any sort of context or mitigating factors or anything.
(And if he gets nervous during the speech, he’ll stick his fingers in his armpits and then smell them.)
But Ortiz won’t be alone; with him is going to be MLBPA general counsel (and incoming executive director, when Donald Fehr hangs his cleats up) Michael Weiner. And it’s funny, because his name is Weiner. But anyway. Weiner’s expected to be there to “help clarify the complicated legal issues involved in the Ortiz case.” Or in other words, bloviate and obfuscate.
Per the Globe:
Last night, Ortiz confronted first a large pack of media, mostly from New York, and then his loudest critics, the fans at Yankee Stadium. The pressure building on Ortiz may dissipate after tomorrow, when he, along with incoming Major League Players Association director Michael Weiner, will address the media to elaborate on the positive test result from 2003.
“We’re going to, like I said, we’re trying to figure things out and move on,’’ Ortiz said. “I’m not going to keep this in my head my whole career. It’s not like I have 10 years left. It’s the kind of situation that you get frustration.
“I’m gonna let you guys know what I’ve got. Period.’’
That’s strong talk, but if that’s his goal, bringing a lawyer along doesn’t help accomplish those goals. No offense to the legal profession, of course, but if Ortiz is just laying everything out there, he probably doesn’t need help from counsel.
No, what Weiner will probably try to accomplish (at least we hope, seeing as how he’s employed as an advocate for the MLBPA is to reassign aspersions toward the lawyers who leaked the names and the NEW YORK TIMES (who, we will remind you, are part owners of the Boston Red Sox - awkwarrrrd) reporters who printed them. Remember, those names were supposed to be destroyed, but now they belong to the government where they’re allegedly confidential.
So despite what folks like the TORONTO STAR say, Weiner’s ultimate goal is probably not to make sure all names just go ahead and get released all at once. It’s to make sure of two things: 1) that the public realizes they never should have known about this, and 2) that no names ever get leaked again. Seriously, you don’t honestly expect the incoming head of the players’ association to recommend dragging 100 more names of his players’ names into this mess, do you?
So we’ll hear from Ortiz. It probably won’t be anywhere near as candid as Jim Parque; he’ll probably cop to limited, inept usage like A-Rod did (”I, too, don’t know whether it’s pronounced ‘boley’ or ‘bolay’; that is how minor my steroids use was!”), and we’ll get back to the real sport. Wait three months for someone else to be named, vomit, rinse, repeat.