Red Sox Steroids Drama Continues to Unfold

August 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—With recent revelations that both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, the Red Sox organization is now facing additional scrutiny in its handling of the firing of two security guards last fall, one of whom was caught with a bottle of a powerful steroid.

It’s being suggested that the resulting MLB investigation of the two security guards and the Red Sox’s minimal questioning of the two men, shows a desire to quickly end the investigation, before too much became known.

Former red Sox slugger, Manny Ramirez, now with the Dodgers, just recently returned from a 50-game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs earlier this season. So, it was certainly no surprise to anyone when Ramirez’s name turned up on the list of MLB’s 2003 steroid survey program. However, it was a surprise and a disappointment to many Red Sox fans upon hearing of David Ortiz’s name turning up in the list. Fans affectionately refer to Ortiz as “Big Poppy”

Both sluggers have been experiencing a major slump, now that they are supposedly off the juice.

Last fall, a Red Sox security guard, Nicholas Alex Cyr was found by State Police sleeping in his car and confiscated a bottle of a powerful anabolic steroid. Cyr told police he purchased the steroid from fellow clubhouse security guard, Jared Remy, son of the popular Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy.

Remy denied that he sold the steroid to Cyr, but admits he personally takes steroids, as he is an avid weightlifter. Both guards were suspended, pending further questioning about the incident from MLB. A Red Sox security director and a representative of Major League Baseball’s investigations unit, questioned the two men to determine if steroids were being sold in the clubhouse to players.

They were also questioned whether they knew if high-profile players like, Ramirez or Ortiz took performance-enhancing drugs. Both men answered they were not aware of any players taking steroids or any other drugs and denied selling steroids in the clubhouse.

After what Remy described as cursory questioning, both men were fired. “They didn’t ask much at all; they wanted to make it disappear,’’ said Remy.

Questions remain regarding Ortiz’s former assistant’s role in possibly providing steroids to Ortiz and other players. The team, no longer employs Felix Leopoldo Marquez Galice. He is facing possible deportation to the Dominican Republic for covering up his illegal status in the U.S.

Remy said he was warned by a Red Sox security official to stay away from Marquez and that Marquez admitted to him that he used steroids. Remy said he was surprised MLB investigators didn’t question him about Marquez’s role in possibly supplying players with performance-enhancing steroids. Marquez’s lawyer, Thomas Kerner says his client told him he has no involvement with steroids.

When questioned about the investigation and firing of the two security guards, The Red Sox organization issued a statement saying, “The Boston Red Sox worked with Major League Baseball’s department of investigations on matters involving the termination of two hourly employees, Alex Cyr and Jared Remy.These activities, like all activities related to employee status or termination, are confidential.’’

Whatever the criticism of the MLB’s investigation into the two guard’s involvement with steroids, there is no question the firing of the two security guards shows a commitment to a strict intolerance for steroids.

Meanwhile, Red Sox nation is mourning the news that their beloved hero, Big Poppy may have once cheated and succumbed to the temptation of using performance-enhancing drugs.



One Response to “Red Sox Steroids Drama Continues to Unfold”

  1. ML on August 3rd, 2009 4:08 pm

    Cheaters and now, we learn of a coverup with forced action to “hush” people up. The Red Sox title are tainted and the organization is corrupt.

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