David Ortiz believes fingers pointing at him and other Dominican players regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs amount to profiling.
The Boston Red Sox designated hitter took issue with a column by the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy that essentially accused Ortiz of doping during his hot start to the season.
"Yesterday, the guy came to see me and asked some questions about steroids, and when you see the writing, it basically focuses on the fact that I'm Dominican and that many Dominicans have been caught using steroids. And what about the Americans?" Ortiz said Wednesday in a Spanish-language interview with ESPN Deportes.
"If you're from the Middle East, because there are some people there who put bombs and terrorize civilians, I have to see you like that, as well? If you are a white American, I have to call you a racist because white Americans were in the Ku Klux Klan?
"The thing that stung me was his statement about Dominicans. You mean that in Dominican Republic there are no players who try to do things right? We are all in the same boat. And the people here who have been caught, does that put everyone here in the same boat?"
Also Wednesday, Ortiz denied to the Globe that he is cheating.
"They test me all the time," he told the newspaper in a lengthy interview. "They make you pee and they test your blood, too. This year I would say I've probably been tested five times, peeing. Blood, just once. That was in spring training. They don't warn you. They just show up."
Ortiz hit safely in his first 15 games of the season before going a combined 0-for-10 Wednesday and Thursday. He's still hitting .353 with four homers and 17 RBIs after missing the season's first 15 games due to a heel ailment.
Dating back to last season, Ortiz had a 27-game hitting before Wednesday. Counting his final 12 games of 2012, Ortiz went 41-for-97 (.423) during the 27-game run. He missed 71 of the final 72 games last year and all of spring training because of his heel woes.