Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz officially addressed the media on Saturday in regards to his positive steroids test in 2003. Ortiz apologized to his teammates for the “distraction,” and also stated that he never buys or uses steroids.
``I want to apologize to fans for the distraction, my teammates, our manager,'' Ortiz said, flanked by Weiner, with Boston manager Terry Francona standing behind and to the side. ``This past week has been a nightmare to me.''
Ortiz said he has tested negative about 15 times since baseball's program with penalties began in 2004 and additional times for the World Baseball Classic. The Red Sox issued a statement backing him.
``There are substantial uncertainties and ambiguity surrounding the list of 104 names,'' the Red Sox said. ``David Ortiz is a team leader, and his contributions on the field and in the community have earned him respect and a special place in the hearts of Red Sox Nation.''
Ortiz continues to struggle this year, hitting just .220 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. His slugging percentage is hovering just over .400 at .409. The Red Sox were 4.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League heading into Saturday’s action.
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Posted: 8/8/09 7:05PM ET