Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went to bat for himself with an expletive-filled reponse to insinuations that he might have used performance-enhancing drugs in the past.
Ortiz was angered by MLB Network analysts while commenting about Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz's 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis investigation that Ortiz might have received a "free pass."
Ortiz's name was on a list of players who apparently tested positive in 2003 during Major League Baseball survey testing.
"In this country, nobody gets a free pass," Ortiz said, according to WEEI.com. "He wants to make it sound like I got a free pass because nobody can point fingers at me directly. But the reason why I got that fake (expletive) free pass that he's saying is because they pointed fingers at me with no proof.
"It's easier to do it that way than having something that they can say, 'Yes, you did this, you did that.' My (expletive), I call straight-up bull. Let me tell you. You don't get no free pass here, especially a guy like me. I don't get no free pass. That free-pass B.S. that they want to talk about over there, they can shove it up their (expletive)."
Less than a year removed from the suspension, Cruz leads the major leagues home runs (28) and RBIs (78) this year and was voted to the All-Star Game. Cruz went 5-for-5 on Saturday night in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Red Sox and starter John Lackey.
After the game, Lackey said of Cruz, "There are some things I'd like to say, but I'm not going to. You guys (the media) forget pretty conveniently about stuff," Lackey said, according to ESPN.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter responded Sunday by saying, "Everybody needs to make sure that their own backyard is clean."
Red Sox manager John Farrell defended Ortiz.
"I will say this, the 2003 test I think that's being referred to ... I don't know how many times David has been tested since then," Farrell said Tuesday. "Whatever that number is, I'm sure it's a very high one.
"He's tested clean every single time. It's unfortunate that the innuendo continues to follow him. He's a heckuva player, one hell of a hitter. There's no reason other than hard work and talent that's produced that."