The Washington Times - July 30, 2009, 06:33PM

Here is a little twist in the story about Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and former Boston teammate Manny Ramirez testing positive for performance-enhancing substances in 2003.

They were outed by their team owners — well, in Ramirez’s case, former team owners


The New York Times reported Thursday on its Web site that Ortiz and Ramirez were among the more than 100 major league players who tested positive in 2003. The newspaper cited lawyers involved in pending litigation over the testing results who spoke anonymously because the information is under seal by a court order, and the Times did not say which drugs were involved.

The New York Times owns a piece of the Boston Red Sox — 17.5 percent of the club. Reportedly they are trying to sell that stake.

When the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 — one year after the positive tests and before baseball started stricter performance-enhancing drug testing — a number of New York Times executives received World Series championship rings, according to reports.

I wonder if those Times executives will give those rings back now.


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