So. Since David Ortiz was outed as being on "the list", he has hit tow home runs and the Sox have won the last two games. The Yankees, on the other hand, have played two shitty games in a row and cut their lead to a game and a half.
Makes me think that maybe someone should have leaked the news a little sooner. Perhaps we could have avoided two months of bonecrushing suckitude from the big guy.
As the dust settles on the past 36 hours, I am less emotional and more resigned. Yes, I had hoped David Ortiz was different, but he wasn't. He caved to the pressures to perform, as did many a ballplayer in many a decade before him (what, do we all think cheating originated with this generation of ballplayers?) It's disappointing, it's nauseating, but it is what it is. I still love David Ortiz, and I still love what he has done for his team and this city. But the fact is that I will never be able to look at him with the same amount of reverence as I did two days ago. It's strange why this has affected me so much more than the revelations about Manny. I think it is because I saw Papi as the ideal, the great hitter AND sports ambassador-and now I'm learning that at least part of that image was an utter facade. Say what you want about Manny, but he's not a phony. So I am less disappointed in him.
Oh, well. It's plain that if the choice is between rooting for cheaters and giving up baseball, I will root for cheaters. For to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, it is happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust...and Susannah Centlivre, who noted that "every man cheats in his own way, and he is only honest who is not discovered."
Oy vey. Can't let myself become such a cynic, but at the same time, I refuse to bury myself in denial either. I'm not going to be one hiding behind the "bad andro" conspiracy theories.
Thankfully, the Red Sox did not trade for Eric Gagne again yesterday, but Victor Martinez. I like Victor Martinez, mostly because when he took Schilling deep in the '07 ALCS he took a year to run the bases (of course, had the Sox lost that series, I wouldn't've found that so amusing, but since they did, well, I approve). I just wish they had found some way to deal John Smoltz, who has worn out his welcome from me. Wher have you gone, Roy Halladay...held up by a demand for Clay Buchholz, evidently. Theo, I think it's time to let the Buchholz-cum-Clemens fantasy go myself. Kid is 25 years old. He is what he is, and that "is" will likely never be the Doc.
Last game at Camden Yards before hitting the road to Tampa. If they can scrounge up a win with Smoltz on the mound, they surely ought to be able to get one with Beckett. Go Sox.