New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt, who broke the story concerning steroid allegations against Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, called in to NESN to join Tom Caron for an exclusive interview about the news.
Just a half-hour before Boston took the field against Oakland for the finale of a four-game series, Schmidt reported that perennial sluggers Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were among 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
Fans thought Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s dissatisfaction with team management was big news. Talk about a bombshell.
Ortiz was perhaps the most critical component of Boston’s 2004 World Series title, when it seemed like he delivered a walk-off hit every single night. That year, Big Papi hit .301 with 41 home runs and 139 RBIs. He owns a career postseason batting average of .293 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 63 games.
Now, in light of the steroid allegations, all of that is cast in doubt.
Schmidt told TC that shortly after the news broke that Alex Rodriguez‘s name was on the list, he began contacting anyone who had inside information about the other 102 names.
“I thought it was my duty to the reader to kind of give it a shot,” he said of trying to discover the rest of the names.
Schmidt says he doesn’t know if more names will be released in the future.
“I don’t think somebody calls us once a month and says, ‘Here’s the name of the month,’” he said. “We are going out and trying to talk to as many people as possible and trying to develop information that way.”
You can watch TC’s entire interview with Schmidt here: