I dunno, I found it kind of silly when the Dugout linked it, because it seemed like it was an attempt to fish for something that may not be there, but apparently Big Papi, when interviewed for YET ANOTHER piece on Barry Bonds, hinted that he may have unintentionally ingested performance enhancers from what he says he believed were just protein shakes.
In fact, Ortiz isn't 100 percent certain he hasn't taken steroids himself. He told the Herald that when he was a young player in the Dominican Republic, he used to drink protein shakes for sale there. He explained he no longer does so because he can't be sure they don't include banned substances.
"I tell you, I don't know too much about steroids, but I started listening about steroids when they started to bring that [stuff] up, and I started realizing and getting to know a little bit about it," Ortiz told the Herald. "You've got to be careful. ... I used to buy a protein shake in my country. I don't do that any more because they don't have the approval for that here, so I know that, so I'm off of buying things at the GNC back in the Dominican. But it can happen anytime, it can happen. I don't know. I don't know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it."
His OPS in Single A Wisconsin as a 20 year old was like a bazillion. And his career progression has been pretty consistent. And he's always been a big, mostly easy going lug.
So whatever. I'll throw it out there.