The New York Times reports that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were on that infamous 2003 doping list:
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results.
Of course, the names of those who tested positive were supposed to remain anonymous, but Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Jason Grimsley and David Segui have managed to slip through.
Ortiz was asked about the story before Thursday's game, saying:
"I'm not talking about that anymore. I have no comment."
It looks like Papi's lowly .224/.311/.409 line and general deterioration now has an obvious, and rather sad explanation.