Saturday, August 24, 2013
My Five Disturbing Thoughts About The Biogenesis Scandal
- Alex Rodriguez. The biggest name attached to the Biogenesis scandal has done nothing to help his own cause. It is unbelievable to me that of the 12 players MLB has suspended, A-Rod has decided to appeal while the others took their punishment. The complete oblivious nature of how a second time offender can try to convince people he's done no wrong is not only laughably entertaining but also makes me scared for all human kind. Can money really drive someone into such a delusional state of mind?
- Anthony Bosch. The founder of the Biogenesis Clinic in Coral Gables, FL claimed he has no knowledge of the human growth hormone distribution in his own company initially before turning a 180 a few months after the initial investigation and says not only does he have names of at least 20 professional baseball players who partake to the illegal activities, but he also claims to have names of players other sports such as the NFL and the tennis tour. Now that he's got nothing to lose, how much damage is he willing to do?
- Ryan Braun. Outside of the unexposed cheaters currently still around the league, the biggest coward in all of this is the former Milwaukee Brewer MVP. The man who famously called a press conference to denounce all allegations not only got caught in a lie, he then decided to turn in a 10 paragraph "apology" that's more vague than this to explain his actions as oppose to holding another confident press conference. Will fans ever hear the tough questions answered by Braun or is this carefully orchestrated statement be it before next season starts when Braun will undoubtedly want to brush all this under the table?
- Joseph Tacopina. The Billy Flynn in all of this. Distracting the world from all things Biogensis, one of Alex Rodriguez's lawyers manages to razzle dazzle most of the press with allegations such as mistreating from the Yankee front office towards A-Rod, a malpractice suit filed against the team trainer for misdiagnosing him and discrediting the Yankee manager for playing his client while he was hurt. I'm sure money will continue to make rounds but I'm glad to see Matt Lauer, of all people, take him down on air.
- Major League Baseball Players Association. The saddest and absurd thing in all of this for me is the fact that players like Rodriguez and Braun will get to keep their millions even though their methods of fooling organizations to get those millions were illegal. I'm almost positive the collective bargaining agreement between the union and MLB will no doubt factor a clause or amendment now that the latest cheating scandal is exposed. At what lengths will MLBPA go to protect their players?