David Ortiz has always spoken with a refreshing candor* about the steroid issue — including about his own use or non-use, as you might remember:
"I tell you, I don't know too much about steroids, but I started listening about steroids when they started to bring that [expletive] up, and I started realizing and getting to know a little bit about it. You've got to be careful. I used to buy a protein shake in my country. I don't do that anymore because they don't have the approval for that here, so I know that, so I'm off buying things at the GNC back in the Dominican Republic.
"But it can happen any time, it can happen. I don't know. I don't know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it."
Today, Ortiz spoke for the first time after good friend Alex Rodriguez admitted he'd used steroids from 2001-03, saying MLB should replace random testing with leaguewide testing three or four times per year, and that positive tests should result in a season-long ban.
* For whatever candor is worth when the topic is steroids. A-Rod seemed pretty candid when he spoke to Katie Couric, as well.