Only this wasn't back in 2003, when, as the New York Times revealed Thursday, Ramirez and Ortiz each failed tests.
This was in May, just a few days after Ramirez was suspended for 50 games.
I sat with Ortiz in the visiting dugout in Angel Stadium in the midst of Ortiz's horrible start this season while doing a column on him.
And as he and I sat and talked, I told Ortiz that, even as he maintained he was clean, Ramirez's suspension would cause lots of people to link the two of them anyway.
Ortiz acknowledged that was true and it made him angry.
"(People) must be saying that all over the place already," a disgusted Ortiz said. "I don't care. Why do I gotta make the mistake he just made? If a reporter does bad things, I've gotta blame you because you're his friend? It's not fair.
"It's wrong. Totally wrong. Manny is one person. I'm another person. I'm not Manny's babysitter.
"Why should people blame me because he f----- up?"
This was five days after Ramirez was socked with the 50-game suspension.
Thursday, approached before a game with Oakland by a New York Times reporter regarding the paper's story, Ortiz declined comment.