David Ortiz on steroid allegations: ‘Who gives a [expletive]?’
|05.09.13 at 11:51 pm ET|
Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 0-for-5 on Thursday night in his team’s 5-3 loss to the Twins, with the Sox slugger stranding runners in each of his five plate appearances. That performance followed an 0-for-5 performance on Wednesday night, meaning that, for just the third time in his big league career and the first since 2004, Ortiz did not reach base in back-to-back games in which he stepped to the plate at least five times.
The hitless stretch has followed the publication of a column by Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe asking Ortiz directly whether or not he was using steroids. Ortiz was asked whether the column and accusations represented a distraction.
“Not anymore,” said Ortiz. “What can you do about it? That’s Shaughnessy’s style. Who gives a [bleep]?”
Ortiz suggested that his oh-fer on Thursday was merely a product of bad luck, particularly given that he squared up pitches in each of his final three plate appearances. In the fifth, he hit a bullet down the first base line on which Twins first baseman Justin Morneau made a terrific pick.
“I hit a ball, that ball found Morneau. The ball caught him,” observed Ortiz. “[Morneau] told me later, ‘Damn, son.’ “
In the bottom of the seventh, Ortiz hit a 2-0 rope to center field. Then, in his final plate appearance with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, with Ortiz representing the tying run, he again scalded a ball, this time directly at Morneau for the game-ending play.
“As a hitter, I just really want to make sure you put a good swing on it. After that, baseball gods got it covered. Know what I’m saying? Not too much I can do,” said Ortiz. “I put a good swing on it. Just right at people. That’s baseball. Back tomorrow, same approach and same swing. Just different direction.”
Given the quality of his contact, Ortiz suggested that he was not uncomfortable with the stretch.
“My last nine at-bats I’ve been walking to the dugout. It’s OK. It happens,” he said. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen the whole season. But it happens. Just keep on banging.”
He suggested that he feels just as good now as he did in opening the year with hits in 14 straight contests, which stretched out his hitting streak to 27 games.
“I guess that’s baseball. That’s why Joe DiMaggio is always going to be remembered as a bad [expletive],” said Ortiz. “I don’t know how he did it — it’s hard. It’s hard.”
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