• Why Did A-Rod Go To Galea?

    Posted by on March 14th, 2010 · Comments (15)

    It is a fair and good question, no? Via Mike Lupica this morning -

    Here is the question that Alex Rodriguez will eventually have to answer, for the feds, for the Yankees, for Major League Baseball. It doesn’t have to be the first question he is asked, but it is still one that requires not just an answer, but a straight one:

    Why exactly did you need to go to a Canadian doctor one who can’t practice medicine in New York to get anti-inflammatory drugs for a hip that may or may not have been “inflamed” at the time?

    I don’t mean to be a cynic or skeptic with the Yankee third baseman, but are we supposed to believe he couldn’t get anti-inflammatory pills at Columbia-Presbyterian, a few minutes from Yankee Stadium?

    He couldn’t get anti-inflammatory pills from the Yankee team doctors or at New York Hospital?

    But apparently we are supposed to believe that Dr. Galea, who is on record about how much he likes human growth hormone as a way of keeping himself young, is as much of an expert on anti-inflammatory pills that’s what he told the Associated Press he gave to Alex Rodriguez as he is blood-spinning. What a guy. He should have his own TV show, like Dr. Oz.

    Or maybe Galea is a different kind of wizard.

    Come on, there are more things fishy about all this than the old Fulton Fish Market. If the whole thing is so easily explained, if Rodriguez is “at ease” with the whole situation as he told the media in Florida the other day, how come he hasn’t cleared some of this up already, no matter how lawyered up he is.

    For me, it’s pretty obvious. Rodriguez went north of the border to seek out some form of treatment that is not approved in the United States.

    Blood-spinning and/or anti-inflammatory prescriptions could have easily been done somewhere in New York or any other major city here. Yet, Alex went to Galea because he felt that there was something he could do/provide that was not available (or legal?) here.

    And, in time, the truth will come out on this one. Of course, what happens after that is anyone’s guess.

    Comments on Why Did A-Rod Go To Galea?

    1. cr1
      March 14th, 2010 | 9:38 am

      I think there is another plausible explanation.

      Take a guy who is impulsive, not extremely bright, and used to getting whatever he wants whenever he wants it, under the care of an attending physician who’s in another time zone and can’t keep his eye directly on his patient. Add in a rehab helper who’s closely associated with a shady doc who’s always looking for another rich guy in a hurry.

      Sometimes when a guy can’t explain why he did stuff it’s because he never knew why he did it, he just went with whatever his impulses dictated and his retinue offered.

      Granted this is a no more flattering analysis than Lupica’s, so I don’t think the guy’s fans would like it much better.

      Maybe someone else can come up with a plot line that is both plausible and flattering.

    2. March 14th, 2010 | 9:43 am

      Any article like Lupica’s that does not mention that Galea and the doc in charge of A-Rod’s rehab, Dr. Lindsay, are partners is not trying to find out why, but is simply conducting a witch hunt.

      Don’t get me wrong, it is certainly possible that your explanation is the right one. But there is a fairly legitimate connection there that needs to be mentioned if you really want to present all facets of the situation. Lupica ignored that.

    3. March 14th, 2010 | 1:01 pm

      @ yagottagotomo1:
      Not to mention that the very same question can be asked of Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes. And Tiger Woods. Funny how they’re not getting the lecturing, hectoring columns directed against them.

      More importantly, A-Rod’s own doctor, Mark Phillipon, recommended Lindsay (Galea’s partner, and how A-Rod got hooked up with him in the first place.) Why did Phillipon recommend them?

    4. redbug
      March 14th, 2010 | 1:46 pm

      Phillipon has been quoted as saying he definitely is unhappy Arod went to Galea.

      Steve, there’s no reason Arod went to Galea except to get HGH. I thought he used it all last yr.

    5. March 14th, 2010 | 2:00 pm

      redbug wrote:

      Steve, there’s no reason Arod went to Galea except to get HGH. I thought he used it all last yr.

      Glad we cleared that up.

    6. Corey Italiano
      March 14th, 2010 | 2:28 pm

      yagottagotomo1 wrote:

      redbug wrote:
      Steve, there’s no reason Arod went to Galea except to get HGH. I thought he used it all last yr.
      Glad we cleared that up.

      Why wasn’t a letter written to the Commish?

    7. March 14th, 2010 | 2:52 pm

      @ Corey Italiano:

      Ha! I expect a suspension any minute.

      Seriously, though, I think Steve’s explanation is perfectly plausible, and I think it is definitely possible that A-Rod took HGH. I just think that a guy like Lupica should be mentioning that Galea is partners with Lindsay, who was approved by everyone, and that Lindsay was never able to write prescriptions himself (which would cause him to refer A-Rod to Galea). Now, it was still stupid for Alex to go to Galea without confirming that it was ok with the Yankees or Phillipon is idiotic, but the perception Lupica is trying to create, that Alex went searching in Canada for an HGH doctor, seems patently false. He was almost certainly referred by Lindsay, either for a legit reason, or for HGH. I’ll wait until we have more info on that point.

    8. March 14th, 2010 | 4:17 pm

      @ lisaswan:

      To redbug’s point, and to counter yours, the Yankees, in their statement on this matter have said:

      ~~The Yankees never authorized Dr. Tony Galea to treat Alex Rodriguez, nor do we have any knowledge of any such treatment.

      The Yankees authorized Dr. Marc Philippon to operate on Alex and oversee his rehabilitation. At the request of Dr. Philippon, we also authorized Dr. Mark Lindsay to supervise the daily rehabilitation program established by Dr. Philippon. We will continue to monitor the situation.~~

      And, Marc Philippon, the doctor who operated on Rodriguez’s hip, said in an interview with The New York Times on March 8th that he had not authorized Galea to treat Rodriguez and had not known that Galea had given Rodriguez anti-inflammatory medicine.

    9. March 14th, 2010 | 5:50 pm

      Here’s the thing – how can you refer A-Rod to a Canadian chiropactor (what, we don’t have chiropactors in the U.S.? Or maybe A’Rod’s health insurance didn’t cover it?) and then freak out if A-Rod saw that same chiropactor’s business partner? You understand what I’m saying here? It doesn’t make any sense. The fact that Phillipon was referring A-Rod to somebody from another country looks bad, as does the Yankees going along with it. I don’t buy the faux outrage from either of them.

    10. rigger2
      March 14th, 2010 | 6:13 pm

      @ lisaswan:
      Lisa,
      I agree. There is something going on with Phillipon that just ring true here. Why was he referring clients such as A-Rod to Lindsey, who was partners with Galea? Knowing Lindsey was partners with Galea, why did the Yankees approve it. I smell a rat somewhere.

      On another note, I work in the medical industry, and there was absolutely NO reason for A-Rod to go see a Canadian doctor to prescribed anti-inflams. Lindsay would have simply called Phillipon, told him he noted swelling (or whatever) in A-Rod’s hip and simply ask him to prescribe a medication. There is absolutely no reason to go to a 3rd party for the Rx. This is against protocol and very suspicious.

      Here’s what I’m thinking: A-Rod received the blood-spinning treatment, experienced swelling or pain, and received the Rx from Galea. In that case, receiving the script from Galea not Phillipon would NOT be abnormal (although most referring physicians like to maintain control over ALL medications prescribed).

      Again, I am guessing that A-Rod received that controversial but not illegal treatment and doesn’t want people to know about it, fearing more criticism and controversy. If he did have the treatment, I would advise that he tell the truth about it.

      It’s not the original crime (or in this case, controversy) that will get ya. It’s always the cover up. I pray he’s smart enough not to lie to the Feds and smart enough not to have taken HGH.

    11. rigger2
      March 14th, 2010 | 6:14 pm

      OOPS! Fixed: “I agree. There is something going on with Phillipon that just ring **DOES NOT** true here.”

    12. rigger2
      March 14th, 2010 | 6:15 pm

      OOPS Again: (can you tell I’m not a typist?)

      I agree. There is something going on with Phillipon that just **DOES NOT** ring true here.

    13. cr1
      March 14th, 2010 | 7:06 pm

      That kind of disingenuous twisting of meanings really sticks out here. I know, it’s all too familiar elsewhere, but why encourage it here among a pretty rational group? Maybe ignoring it would work?

    14. cr1
      March 14th, 2010 | 7:19 pm

      Not you, rigger2.

    15. March 15th, 2010 | 9:29 am

      @ cr1:
      What are you talking about? If you’re calling somebody/something out, please let the rest of us know what you’re referring to. Not into treasure hunts.

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