Takeaways from Anthony Bosch's '60 Minutes' Interview About Alex Rodriguez

Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 12, 2014

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Just one day after Major League Baseball upheld 162 games of Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension, Anthony Bosch, the key witness in the case, spoke out in an interview on 60 Minutes.

CBS News provides the transcript

Rodriguez's attorney, Joe Tacopina appeared on New Day on Jan. 13 responding to Bosch's interview on 60 Minutes, courtesy of CNN:

For background, Rodriguez was one of 14 players suspended for their involvement with the Biogenesis health clinic, which supplied them with illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Bosch was the founder of the clinic. 

After Rodriguez's suspension appeal on Saturday, Jan. 11, resulted in a ban for the entire 2014 season, the New York Yankees veteran issued a statement, saying he "did not use performance enhancing substances" and he "will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship."

During his interview, which aired on Jan. 12, Bosch claimed otherwise. 

In addition to saying that he supplied Rodriguez with "testosterone, insulin growth factor one, human growth hormone," via 60 Minutes on Twitter, Bosch also revealed that he injected the third baseman himself:

According to Bosch, via CBS Sports' Matt Snyder, A-Rod became enamored with the trainer after he helped Manny Ramirez to .396/.489/.743 averages in 53 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.

Rodriguez was also reportedly on a very strict schedule to ensure that he made it into "the 800 Home Run Club." Since he didn't inject himself, that led to Bosch making an injection in a bathroom stall at a nightclub, via USA Today Sports' Bob Nightengale:

60 Minutes on Twitter adds additional details to Rodriguez's drug schedule, which Bosch organized and planned for a hefty fee:

That was one way Rodriguez was able to beat drug tests. Another included taking gummies, which, according to Bosch, provided strength, energy and focus before games.

"And in combination with the growth hormone," Bosch said of the gummies, "that combination would make playing the game of baseball a lot easier."

As Nightengale points out, Bosch said the gummies were untraceable by the time games were over, so long as Rodriguez didn't take them after the first or second inning:

In terms of proof, Bosch said that he has hundreds of BlackBerry "BBM" messages from Rodriguez. One, via 60 Minutes on Twitter, is of A-Rod asking about the gummies: 

Lawyers have pointed out that none of the messages talk about performance-enhancing drugs, but according to Bosch, he and Rodriguez used code words:

Bosch says it’s because they used code words. He says the word cohete—(misspelled in the message) is Spanish for “rocket”—and that meant injectable drugs, according to Bosch. “Night cream” was loaded with testosterone.

Bosch said that Rodriguez trusted him because "I was very good at what I did" and that "it was almost a cake walk ... to beat the system."

He also said that he received death threats, and as a result, one of Rodriguez's "associates" told him to flee to Colombia and he would be paid $150,000 upon his return. MLB COO Rob Manfred talked more about the death threats, via Nightengale:

There were several different reactions to the gripping interview that featured several shocking details. Former star player Chipper Jones, on one hand, wasn't really interested in listening to Bosch's words:

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, on the other hand, called the entire story "fascinating":

No matter how you feel about Rodriguez, Bosch or anyone else involved, it's hard not to find some bit of intrigue in all of this. 


Unless otherwise noted, all quotes come from 60 Minutes.