Big Papi remains in search for answers

Papi searching for answers

BALTIMORE -- A day later, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was still trying to find the answers for exactly what substance he tested positive for in 2003. Once he does, Ortiz promises to have a thorough session with the media to explain what happened.

David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez

In the meantime, all he can do is swing his bat, which he did well again Friday night, belting a two-run homer and banging a single off the wall in center field in Boston's 6-5 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards.

When Ortiz came up to the plate for his first at-bat, there were a lot of boos from the crowd, which was something different for the left-handed slugger.

Did he hear the boos?

"Oh yeah, I'm not deaf," said Ortiz. "It's just some places you go, you've got your fans, you've got some people doing crazy stuff, but I don't care."

Did the jeers bother him?

"No, not at all," Ortiz said.

Because there are always a lot of Red Sox fans at Camden Yards, there was also loud applause for Big Papi.

"It was confusing," quipped Ortiz.

The Red Sox are appreciative of the way Ortiz is handling the situation. Manager Terry Francona wishes that the public would let Ortiz learn all the facts and explain them before criticizing him.

"The process needs to play out, and that's hard, because there's probably going to be a lot of opinions in the next few days stated on David's situation, without a lot of knowledge," Francona said. "That's unfortunate. That's part of the world we live in. But we need to get the bottom of this, because there does need to be answers, I agree. But we're not there yet, so we have to be patient and that's the only way we can go about this."

Ortiz said that if people take shots at him before he can tell his whole story, so be it.

"It is what it is," Ortiz said. "The media knows that I've always been an open guy through good and bad situations. I'm the kind of guy, I'm not going to hide. It is what it is."

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.