Relationships are a fickle thing. When two people really care for one another, it takes work and dedication to make it last. It's a constant give and take. It becomes so that you flow together like a perfectly written symphony. But if one beat is off, if one flute plays E flat, instead of B sharp, the entire orchestra sounds off key. All it takes is one single moment, and the beauty of a relationship can shatter. And no two people know this better than Alex Rodriguez, and David Ortiz.
We all know that Ortiz and ARod were the greatest of friends, both on and off the field. Often, when Boston and the Yankees met, they would chat it up during batting practice, and did a lot of events together outside of baseball as well. That is until about 11 months ago when Ortiz decided to call it quits.
According to an article by Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, this all started when ARod's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, went on ESPN radio and made some remarks concerning past use of PEDs in baseball. "I'm not going to start naming all the other players, but some of them are God-like in Boston right now, and people seem to forget that," said Tacopina back in January. He later went on to say that he did not mean Ortiz, but it was too late. "I was angry," Ortiz said.
Tacopina had to mean Ortiz. I mean, let's be real. Ortiz had just been accused of PED usage in 2013. Remember when he had that strong start, and everyone questioned his new found ability to actually be productive? He called it "ethnically discriminatory" because there was so much focus on players from the Dominican Republic (HERE). Of course, the only other big accusations coming from Boston that I could think of are Manny Ramirez, and Curt Schilling. But let's be honest, neither of them are close to "God-like in Boston". My opinion of course. But, Tacopina never actually mentioned Ortiz by name. He never mentioned any players by name, actually. He made a generalized statement about players in Boston that have used or been accused of using PEDs. Okay, so WE know who he meant; it was a little bit obvious. However, he never said it.
Ortiz, though accused twice of steroid usage, has never actually admitted to using. The fact that Ortiz is angry with ARod over a generalized statement made by ARod's lawyer sounds a little bit like a guilty conscience, don't you think? He could have easily ignored it. Instead, he stopped talking to a friend, and made a public statement about the fact.
Here's the thing though, Tacopina hasn't said anything that people already didn't think. I pointed this out last year when Bud Selig handed Ortiz the World Series MVP. Tacopina didn't make some huge revelation. It wasn't brand new information to us. We were all aware of Ortiz's history with PEDs. We were also all aware that it was glazed over and he is idolized despite it. So, was it hearing these things that I am sure he is faced with regularly different because it came from his friend's lawyer? And how is it ARod's fault that Tacopina pointed out what was already painfully obvious?
Honestly, I think the whole thing is silly. Sounds like a bit of a school yard spat. It's ridiculous that Ortiz would be upset over information that was already public knowledge. Get off ya high horse, Ortiz. You're not fooling anyone.
--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer
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