Following a lengthy closed-door team meeting after Boston’s 8-5 win over Oakland on Thursday, David Ortiz spoke to the media regarding allegations that he and Manny Ramirez tested positive for steroids in 2003.
“I found out about an hour before the game about the situation,” he told a throng of reporters. “You guys know I’m a guy who never turns my back on you guys. I’ve always been a true guy with you guys, and honestly, right now, I don’t have any information about it. I’m going to get more info about the situation, and I’m going to honestly tell you guys what’s up. But right now, I don’t have no answer, no information.”
Michael S. Schmidt‘s article — alleging that Ortiz was on a list of 104 major league steroid abusers in 2003 — broke at about midday, just before the Red Sox took the field against the A’s. Ortiz declined to comment on whether he believes the allegations to be true.
“I have no answers right now,” he said.
Ortiz, who hit a game-winning, three-run home run in the seventh inning on Thursday, expressed gratitude toward the fan base for continuing to support him.
“Thanks for everything,” he said. “Like I said, my whole life — my whole career that I’ve been around here — I’ve been what I am.”
He assured the media that, although he doesn’t have an answer now, he will have one soon.
“I’m going to get to the bottom of this,” he said. “You guys will be hearing from me in the next few days.”
You can watch Ortiz’s full postgame statement here: