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David Ortiz Not a Fan of "Reporter With The Red Jheri Curl"

The Players Tribune defied the odds. It produced worthwhile readingBoston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz offered insight into PED suspicion and testing. He maintains he “learned the game with his head, his heart and his balls.” To media followers, this anecdote about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy stands out.

Ortiz did not like the accusation from Shaughnessy that he “fit the profile” of a steroid user. Per Ortiz, he mailed Shaughnessy his clean test results.

In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My first 20 games I was hitting like .400. And the reporter with the red jheri curl from The Boston Globe comes into the locker room says, “You’re from the Dominican. You’re older. You fit the profile of a steroid user. Don’t you think you’re a prime suspect?”

He’s saying this with a straight face. I had taken like 70 at-bats. Anybody can get hot and hit .400 with 70 at-bats. I was stunned. I’m like, I’m Dominican? I fit the profile? Are you kidding me?

I wanted to kill this guy. But you can’t react. That’s what they want. They want you to get angry so they can bury you. So I just smiled at him and asked for his address.

“Why do you want my address?” he said.

“Because I just got tested two days ago.” I said. “I’ll mail you the f****ing results.”

We suspect “reporter with the red jheri curl” won’t catch on quite as well as when former Red Sox (Sock?) Carl Everett dubbed him “the Curly-Haired Boyfriend.”