And so it begins for A-Rod…
Here’s something that might make you scream, or at least shake your first at your computer monitor.
From Ian O’Connor of the Bergen Record:
Over a span of 61 seconds at Alex Rodriguez’s locker, the most turbulent 61 seconds of a downright sleepy Yankee spring, the third baseman managed to declare three times that the performance-enhancing police are banging on another suspect’s door.
This is about someone else,” A-Rod kept saying.
Yes and no. Federal agents are indeed investigating a Canadian doctor named Tony Galea, a human growth hormone advocate arrested on drug charges in October, when Rodriguez was busy erasing his record as a choker, if not his record as a cheat.
The same people who questioned Jose Reyes about Galea’s treatment of his hamstring want to question A-Rod about Galea and, perhaps, a Galea associate, Mark Lindsay, the BALCO-linked chiropractor who supervised Rodriguez’s rehab following the surgery performed by Marc Philippon, the hip specialist who recommended Lindsay to the Yanks.
So yes, technically, this is about someone else. It’s about Galea. It’s about a doctor who reportedly used HGH for years and yet still found his way into the inner sanctums of megastars the likes of Tiger Woods.
But no, realistically, this isn’t about someone else. It’s about Alex Rodriguez. It’s about a once-in-a-generation ballplayer who cheated the game, cheated the fans and cheated himself, and who now is discovering that even a World Series ring and ticker-tape parade can’t absolve him of his not-so-venial steroid sins.
First, I apologize for the big block quote. I normally don’t copy and paste such a large portion of one’s original work, but I felt that this particular piece deserved to be read (in part). Anyway, does it get any crazier than the final paragraph provided above? I mean, seriously. Alex Rodriguez is currently a bit-player in the Tony Galea story. He is not the central focus, nor should he be. To our knowledge, he has done nothing wrong (he is not the one who was arrested and charged). However, Ian O’Connor uses the Galea drama as a gateway to the spring of ’09 so that he could get a few final “A-Rod is a cheater and ruined the game” jabs in, just for good measure. This is pretty ridiculous, isn’t it?
Feel free to read the rest, that is, if you can stomach it…
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