The Alex Rodriguez saga got significantly worse for the embattled New York Yankees slugger as Tony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and Major League Baseball’s star witness in the case against Rodriguez, took part in a revealing interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. The interview airs just one day after an arbitrator reduced Rodriguez’s suspension for performance-enhancing drugs from 211 games to 162 games.
Bosch spoke extensively about his relationship with Rodriguez, which began in 2010, just days before Rodriguez’s 600th career home run. Per Bosch, the relationship came about after the third baseman wanted to find out what performance enhancers Manny Ramirez was taking. He alleges that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month in cash in exchange for a variety of supplements.
Bosch provided the names of multiple performance-enhancing drugs used by Rodriguez, including testosterone, insulin growth factor 1, and human-growth hormone. Bosch claimed that Rodriguez knew a great deal about what was going into his body, as the fallen superstar would study the drugs and the dosages extensively. The Biogenesis owner also revealed to CBS that he personally injected Rodriguez throughout the course of their relationship.
“Alex is scared of needles,” Bosch revealed to interviewer Scott Pelley. “So at times, he would ask me to inject.”
Injecting Rodriguez was just the tip of the iceberg in the relationship. Bosch also revealed that he frequently drew Rodriguez’s blood to see how often the drugs were dissipating, to the point that he drew Rodriguez’s blood in the bathroom of a Miami nightclub because it needed to be taken at precisely eight o’clock one evening.
The blood studies were used by Bosch to create a drug schedule which would allow Rodriguez to beat any random drug testing from Major League Baseball. Bosch alleges to have instructed Rodriguez on several methods to pass these tests, including waiting until mid-stream on a urinalysis exam.
“You want to start the test and then introduce the urine cup into the stream,” Bosch said. “And what you want to capture is the middle of the stream, not the beginning or not the end of the stream. That was extremely important because most of the metabolites are either in the beginning of the stream or at the end of the stream.”
Bosch also revealed that he instructed Rodriguez take a testosterone-loaded “gummy” prior to each game, which would supplement the human-growth hormone that Rodriguez was using.
“[The gummies] are so small you could literally while sitting in the dugout take it, put it in your mouth and people could think it’s sunflower seeds or … a piece of candy or a piece of gum, for that matter,” Bosch told Pelley during the interview.
“Now, all of a sudden, his levels of testosterone are higher. It gives him … more energy. It gives him more strength. It gives him more focus. And in combination with the growth hormone, that combination would make playing the game of baseball a lot easier.”
Bosch indicated that for Rodriguez, the 600 home runs he was approaching when the relationship began were nowhere near enough, which may have prompted Rodriguez contacting the Biogenesis clinic.
“Most important [to Alex] was the 800 home run club, which was only going to have one member,” Bosch told 60 Minutes. “[And that was] Alex Rodriguez.”
As for Bosch’s motives to help players acquire performance-enhancing drugs and avoid getting caught?
“I did it because I felt I had a responsibility to let them know if they were going to do it, do it the right way,” Bosch acknowledged Sunday night. “I have been doing this for many years.”
Perhaps his judgment was clouded by the many years he has been involved in the performance-enhancing drug industry, but Bosch claims he does not feel that he was cheating the game of baseball by supplying stars like Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez with performance enhancers.
“I love the game of baseball,” Bosch said on “60 Minutes.” “This is part of baseball. If everybody’s in on it, wouldn’t that be fair play?”
Of course, Major League Baseball does not share Bosch’s views on fair play. Speaking during the “60 Minutes” segment, Commissioner Bud Selig shared his views on the punishment he levied for the game’s highest-paid player.
“In my judgment, his actions were beyond comprehension,” Selig noted. “I think the penalty fit what I saw in the evidence.”
Selig’s second-in-command, COO Rob Manfred, also spoke about the deal which Major League Baseball struck with Bosch. Manfred alleges that Bosch, who acknowledges receiving death threats over the scandal, feared for his life. Major League Baseball agreed to provide protection and drop its lawsuit against him in exchange for his cooperation against Rodriguez.
“The individual that was of greatest concern to Mr. Bosch['s personal safety] was an associate of Mr. Rodriguez,” Manfred said during the “60 Minutes” segment.
When interviewer Scott Pelley raised questions about the credibility of Bosch, considering all that Major League Baseball was providing for him, Manfred spoke about bank records which depict a $49,901 transfer from “ARod Corporation” to Bosch. This money was allegedly a bribe to keep Bosch from cooperating, and was returned by Bosch’s attorneys.
It was also revealed that several hundred Blackberry Messenger messages between Rodriguez and Bosch corroborated his story, and though there was no direct mention of performance-enhancing drugs, Bosch provided the code words which were used to discuss the products. According to Bosch, he used words such as “cojotes,” which is the Spanish word for “rocket,” to describe drugs which were to be injected, and the term “night cream” to refer to testosterone.
After Saturday’s appeal decision, Rodriguez released a statement noting that Major League Baseball had a “lack of credible evidence.” With the evidence presented during “60 Minutes” on Sunday, it appears that the evidence is not only credible, but damning in the 39-year-old’s struggle to continue his playing career.