• Bosch Spills The A-Rod Beans On 60 Minutes Tonight

    Posted by on January 12th, 2014 · Comments (9)

    Via the Daily News

    Desperate to regain the lofty status he once held as the game’s best player, Alex Rodriguez turned to a shady Miami drug dealer in 2010 and the two began a doping program that would include clandestine meetings, complicated regimens and injections of steroids, insulin and supplements, and ultimately, a historic suspension from the game he sought to rule.

    The CBS news program “60 Minutes” will air the results of its nine-month investigation into the Biogenesis doping scandal Sunday night, including interviews with the chief witness against Rodriguez, Anthony Bosch, and MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred.

    Among the bombshell revelations in the report is an exchange between Bosch and reporter Scott Pelley in which Bosch helps shed light on the motives of the player once considered a lock for Cooperstown and a challenger to the game’s most hallowed statistic, the all-time home run record of 762, currently owned by Barry Bonds.

    BOSCH: “Alex cared. Alex wanted to know. He would study the product. He would study the substances. He would study the dosages, because he wanted to achieve all his human performance or in this case, sports performance, objectives. And the most important one was the 800 home run club.”

    The “60 Minutes” report will also delve into the relationship between Rodriguez and Bosch, whose validation of as many as 500 Blackberry messages between the men was the linchpin of MLB’s case and a large basis of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s ruling. Bosch knew Rodriguez’s proclivities, his habits, his behavior, his desire to win — and not get caught.

    The Daily News has also obtained text messages that describe a secretive Rodriguez and an accommodating Bosch, who often delivered the substances to Rodriguez at his home or his hotel.

    “Try to use service elevators. Careful. Tons of eyes,” Rodriguez told Bosch in one Blackberry BBM message the day before he hit his 23rd grand slam, tying Lou Gehrig’s record in June 2012 in Atlanta.

    In a spring training game in April 2012, in which he drove in three runs, A-Rod texted Bosch with what they both appeared to believe was good news.

    A-ROD: “Really good. Explosive.”

    BOSCH: “Go with same protocol.”

    The “60 Minutes” segment also reveals how much it cost Rodriguez to do business with Bosch — $12,000 a month, according to the report — and says that Bosch personally injected Rodriguez because “Alex is scared of needles, so at times, he would ask me to inject.”

    In Pelley’s interview, Bosch says Rodriguez’s associates intimidated him to try to prevent him from cooperating with MLB in its investigation, a claim Manfred took seriously.

    “The concerns seemed credible, particularly given that he identified individuals that we had our own concerns about,” Manfred told Pelley, who pressed Manfred about the arrangement MLB made with Bosch to pay his legal fees and provide him with security in exchange for truthful information. “The credibility of any witness is determined by…looking the individual in the eye, listening to the story he tells and then lining it up with the other evidence. And frankly, nobody came in and contradicted what Mr. Bosch said.”

    A-Rod really is Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens all rolled into one, isn’t he?

    Meanwhile, now, the MLBPA ain’t happy.

    Comments on Bosch Spills The A-Rod Beans On 60 Minutes Tonight

    1. Greg H.
      January 12th, 2014 | 9:49 pm

      MLBPA has a point here – they wanted a peaceful silence and MLB sleazed that to get ahead in the eyes of the media. I plan to watch anyway. But I’d be equally interested to watch Selig get dragged through his part in this unfortunate saga. Fans of the game deserve to see that side as well.

    2. January 12th, 2014 | 11:32 pm

      Watching the 60 minutes piece tonight brought back memories of Pete Rose, Paul Janzen, Bart Giamatti and John Dowd. Seriously, A-Rod is Rose, Bosch is Janzen, Selig is Giamatti and Rob Manfred is Dowd. We’ve seen this movie before…and A-Rod will now be the next Rose (just a lot richer).

    3. MediaBiass
      January 12th, 2014 | 11:35 pm

      The amazing thing to me was that Scott Pelley had the gall to question Bosch with “how can you help Arod and still say you respect the game of baseball when you cheated” what about Pelley and his CBS buddies lieing to all of us about Obamacare, Bhengazi and many other Democrat talking points and saying they are Newspeople. Newspeople who supposedly respect and love the news business yet lie and only give one side of the news each and everyday. What a bunch of hypocrites!!!

    4. MJ Recanati
      January 13th, 2014 | 10:19 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Selig is Giamatti

      Giamatti had a lot more integrity than Selig.

    5. January 13th, 2014 | 11:05 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      Selig is Giamatti
      Giamatti had a lot more integrity than Selig.

      But, Bart did the same thing. He reached an agreement with Rose and said that they would not say he bet on baseball. Then, the day after Rose was suspended, Bart did a press conference saying Rose bet on the game. That’s what I meant here – with Bud being on 60 minutes the day after suspending A-Rod, to bury him with comments.

    6. #15
      January 13th, 2014 | 1:18 pm

      @ MediaBiass:
      Sanctimony and indignation are never in short supply, and 60 Minutes has made a career of posturing as holier than thou for decades. This from the same network that tolerated Dan Rather’s hack reporting for years.

      Still, Bosch missed a chance to hit the nail on the head and say… “Scotty-boy, it was just about, and only about, the Benjamins. I got paid and paid well to get him the juice. And, according to A-Rod’s own text messages, the results were explosive.”

    7. Mr. October
      January 13th, 2014 | 1:45 pm

      Where are all of the people who’ve been defending A-Rod, and his behavior and conduct, for the past year? And what do they think about his stated intention to attend Spring Training next month?

      MediaBiass wrote:

      The amazing thing to me was that Scott Pelley had the gall to question Bosch with “how can you help Arod and still say you respect the game of baseball when you cheated” what about Pelley and his CBS buddies lieing to all of us about Obamacare, Bhengazi and many other Democrat talking points and saying they are Newspeople. Newspeople who supposedly respect and love the news business yet lie and only give one side of the news each and everyday. What a bunch of hypocrites!!!

      The same network with respect for the US presidential election process? Or the same news program which gave us Memogate, claiming in a television broadcast 8 weeks before the 2004 Presidential election to have documents containing negative information about the Republican candidate’s military service record that were “authenticated by experts retained by CBS” – documents dated 1973 and printed with proportional-spaced 2004-era Microsoft Word default settings?

      Next week they’ll report that the New York Yankees have the best farm system in Major League Baseball.

    8. Kamieniecki
      January 13th, 2014 | 6:39 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      “Good pitching stops good hitting” is a long-standing baseball bromide. But it’s really “good pitching stops good hitting, except when it doesn’t.”

      “Good pitching stops good hitting” is a long-standing baseball bromide. But it’s really “good pitching stops good hitting, except when the good hitting is on testosterone, insulin growth factor-1, human growth hormone, and some different forms of peptides.”

    9. LMJ229
      January 13th, 2014 | 8:28 pm

      MediaBiass wrote:

      The amazing thing to me was that Scott Pelley had the gall to question Bosch with “how can you help Arod and still say you respect the game of baseball when you cheated” …

      He could have just as easily asked Selig “how can you still say you respect the game of baseball when you turned a blind eye to the rampant use of steroids for all those years?” Remember the way Selig celebrated McGuire? Talk about hypocrites!

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