When former Senate majority leader and current member of the Red Sox front office George Mitchell released a report of 85 players from Major League Baseball who were involved in the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Oakland's Jack Cust was among them.
Missing from that list were Red Sox players. Coincidence? Cust thinks not.
This means that despite a recent report that both David Ortiz and former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez were on a list of players compiled by the federal government who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, neither name was listed in Mitchell's report.
"With all the other stuff going on, with a lot of the guys coming out recently — big-name guys — to me it's kind of funny they spent all that money on the Mitchell Report and a bunch of hearsay and the guy who made all the money off it happened to work for the Red Sox," Cust told The Associated Press.
Cust brings up a very good point. For those who have forgotten, Mitchell happens to have been a director in the Red Sox organization since 2002. The 409-page report that bears his name was put together after 20 months of interviews and investigations by Mitchell and his staff, who were hired by MLB commissioner Bud Selig.
"Were there any Red Sox on the report? To me, that's kind of a joke," Cust added. "How does that happen? It's coming out now with guys on that team. The guy worked for the Red Sox — they spent all kinds of millions of dollars — and then no one there had their name brought up."