Anthony Bosch, others talk A-Rod on '60 Minutes' Sunday night
Here is a running summary of the Anthony Bosch appearance on 60 Minutes, including Bosch's contention that his life was threatened by associates of A-Rod.
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Anthony Bosch is appearing on CBS news program 60 Minutes Sunday night. See above for the video, but for those who don't want to watch the full segment, here's a rundown of what was said.
•Bosch says that he was supplying testosterone, human growth hormone and other illegal substances to Alex Rodriguez. Bosch also contests that A-Rod knew these specific substances were banned under the MLB Joint Drug Agreement.
•Bosch says that A-Rod is "scared of needles," so sometimes Bosch would personally inject the substances into Rodriguez.
•A-Rod specifically asked Bosch what Manny Ramirez was taking in 2008 -- when he exploded after being traded to the Dodgers -- according to Bosch. "What were you giving Manny Ramirez?" A-Rod asked, per Bosch.
•A-Rod carefully studied the substances, timing and the doses -- to make sure he wouldn't be caught -- as his goal was to become the only member of the 800 (home run) Club, Bosch says.
•Once for a drug test, Bosch submits, Rodriguez needed his blood drawn at exactly 8:00 p.m. and A-Rod happened to be in a nightclub. So Bosch says he went to the club and drew Rodriguez's blood in a bathroom stall of the club.
•Bosch created a detailed substance plan -- including when to use certain substances each day -- and in return, A-Rod paid him $12,000 per month, 60 Minutes reports.
•Bosch says A-Rod was taking "gummies" (illegal substances provding a testosterone boost) in the locker room before games and that they look like candy, so teammates probably wouldn't even notice. The substances provide more strength and focus during games but aren't detectable once the games end, per Bosch.
•Bosch was asked why he did all of this. He says he did it because he felt a responsibility to protect the players. That is, if they are going to use these substances, he wanted to make sure they did so safely. When pushed on why he didn't tell the players to not use the stuff because it was against the rules, he said that his approach was, again, to make sure they are doing "this" the "right way." "And, sure, let's not get caught while we're doing this," he concluded.
•Bosch does admit that, yes, if he hadn't been caught, he'd still be in the business of providing illegal substances to players.
•After a big game in April of 2012, BlackBerry messenger records indicated Rodriguez sent Bosch a BBM that said, "Really Good. Explosive." Bosch's reply? "Go with same protocol." The report indicates that through thousands of messages exchanges, not one name of a banned substance appeared and that this is where Rodriguez's lawyers point out that they were discussing nutritional supplements, not banned substances. Bosch replies that he and A-Rod used code words.
•When asked why Rodriguez trusted him so much, Bosch just said it was because he was very good at what he did and that he was smart enough that he knew exactly how to cheat the system. Bosch also says that while he loves the game of baseball, he didn't care about the integrity of the game. "Unfortunately, this is part of baseball," he said. "When you ask guys to play 100-plus games, jump on a plane, get off a plane, road trips ... their bodies break down. This has always been part of the game. Always been part of the game. So their nutrition is extremely important."
•When asked about "fair play," Bosch asked, "what is fair play?" and insinuates that everyone is using -- thus, it's fair play for A-Rod to also take part.
Now, MLB commissioner Bud Selig comes on.
•Selig says what they uncovered on A-Rod was beyond anything he'd ever seen in the game in 50 years.
•The commissioner says that he didn't feel the league "made an example" of Rodriguez, but instead the penalty fit the evidence. He noted that given all the evidence they had and that Rodriguez was actively impeding their investigation, that the initial ban of 211 games was more than fair.
Back to Bosch
•After the story of the Biogenesis scandal initially broke, Bosch says he had a meeting with some "associates" of Rodriguez in which he was asked to sign an affadavit saying he had never supplied A-Rod with PEDs. Bosch said he felt "uncomfortable" during the meeting. He later was told by the associates that he needed to go to Colombia for a while and that he'd be taken care of monetarily (upwards of $150,000) while he was there.
A-Rod's lawyer, Joe Tacopina responds
•Tacopina denies the above charges about the bribe and said that Bosch coming on television to answer questions without having to be cross-examined "is laughable."
•Tacopina responds to MLB's accusations that A-Rod impeded the investigation by saying that MLB "went on an effort and campaign to obstruct justice, forcing and compelling witnesses -- and they have the gall to accuse Alex Rodriguez of obstructing the investigation? It's laughable."
And now, a Bosch bombshell
•Bosch says that his girlfriend received a text message saying that he would not live to see the end of the year.
MLB COO Rob Manfred on the investigation
•Manfred said someone named "Bobby" called the MLB offices to say that he had all the Biogenesis documents and he wanted to make an agreement to hand over the documents. Manfred says that MLB agreed to buy the documents for a total of $125,000.
•To be sure the documents were authentic, Manfred needed Bosch to cooperate. So MLB sued Bosch and his brother in an attempt to pressure him to testify and cooperate.
Back to Bosch
•He said that he was advised by his lawyer to cooperate with MLB.
Back to Manfred
•Bosch and his lawyer then met with Manfred and MLB's top lawyer. Manfred said that Bosch was very nervous and felt his life was in danger. When asked directly if associates of A-Rod intended to kill Bosch, Manfred answered, "the individual that was of greatest concern to Mr. Bosch was a known associate of Mr. Rodriguez." When asked if Rodriguez knew about any possible threats to Bosch's life, Manfred said he didn't know what A-Rod knew, but that the person in question "had been an associate of Mr. Rodriguez's for some time."
•From there, Bosch fully cooperated with MLB and even turned over a bank statement that showed an unsolicited payment from "Arod Corporation" for $49,901.51. This came before it was known Bosch was cooperating with MLB and, at the advice of his lawyer, Bosch returned it. Manfred said that he believes this was a bribe.
Back to Tacopina
•Tacopina attacks Bosch's credibility on the front that he cooperated with MLB in the face of massive criminal investigations. He also said to "look at science," noting 12 passed drug tests.
Back to Manfred
•When told that Bosch had every reason to tell MLB what it wanted to hear, even if it meant lying, Manfred asserts that he believes Bosch a credible witness. He believes so based upon Bosch's story lining up with the evidence and that "nobody came in and contradicated what Mr. Bosch said."
•They then discussed A-Rod storming out of his hearing and popping into WFAN. Read up on that here if interested.
•Manfred noted that A-Rod was the first player in the history of the JDA to not take the stand in his own defense.
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