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A-Rod gets sucked into the Dr. Galea investigation

Mar 1, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez is being pulled into the Tony Galea-HGH mini-scandal that ensnared Jose Reyes last week. Rodriguez acknowledged a few minutes ago that the feds want to talk to him and that he intends to cooperate with their investigation. While this suggests that A-Rod went up to Canada to have his blood spun Reyes-style last year, Rodriguez is saying that “this is about someone else.”

For his sake it better involve someone else, because if it doesn’t he kept the Yankees totally in the dark about it. The team’s statement:

“The Yankees never authorized Dr. Tony Galea to treat Alex
Rodriguez, nor do we have knowledge of any such treatment.”

Why A-Rod is being questioned about a doctor he suggests never treated him is something of a mystery, and we probably won’t know why, exactly, he’s being questioned until he tells us more. 

Not that I imagine this will stop the Daily News and the Post from transforming A-Rod from the redeemed postseason hero figure they’ve taken to recently back into the A-Roid figure they so eagerly created this time last year. Indeed, no matter how tangential or benign A-Rod’s involvement with Dr. Galea was, I have faith that by the time the tabloids hit the streets tomorrow morning, A-Rod will be back in his familiar role as public enemy number one.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Mar 1, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Heh, here I made it all the way through February and thought I might be in the clear. Now I have to start again-mark time-
    Leave ARod Alone!

  2. Ben - Mar 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Geez, the press needs someone to hate, so they always choose A-Rod. What did the media do to Ortiz who didn’t even admit his steroid use? Oh, right, nothing, because the media loves Ortiz! Leave this guy alone media, he’s a human being and you’re making his life miserable. C’mon Craig, help me out here.

  3. Joey B - Mar 1, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    LOL! Anyone who believed ARod last time is a dupe. He took PEDs at TX because of the pressure. He stopped when he came to NY because, you know, NYC is so less stressful than TX. And he wasn’t even sure what he was taking because, you know, guys worth 100s of millions, with access to the best doctors in the world, always inject potentially dangerous substances into their bodies, by their cousin, without knowing what it is.
    Of course, since I’d have probably been first in line for a shot, I’m more amused by the Yankee fans who will go to any length to deny his involvement. This promises to be more entertaining than old Roger. Does ARod lie to investigators and risk a jail sentence, or tell the truth knowing how reliable the feds are at keeping lists a secret?

  4. Jonny5 - Mar 1, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Hmmm? How does A-rod know this doctor, who just happens to be in another country ??? When I need a doctor I always look in other countries first and foremost. ahhh geez…..

  5. Jamie - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    OMG, I can’t believe A-Rod might have taken HGH! Please someone think about the children!!!1One!

  6. YANKEES1996 - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Any doctor that spends time around the sports scene and tells athletes that he has a new method for the healing of injuries is going to garner attention. This guy is probably promoting the newest science and probably has dealt with numerous athletes and his science has not been accepted by the Government so now he is being investigated, probably for trying the science on athletes.
    It does not matter what they ask A-Rod about even if it has nothing to do with himself the media is going to crucify him, that is just the way it goes with him. If A-Rod wasn’t being picked on by the media it would not be a normal baseball season. I say leave the guy alone, but they won’t. The media will be writing negative stories about him when he is retired and probably when he gone from this world. The media not write negative stories about A-Rod it will never happen, have to sell those papers, huh boys. I for one am glad A-Rod is a Yankee, and I don’t think he has anything left to prove.

  7. Joey B - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    “It does not matter what they ask A-Rod about even if it has nothing to do with himself the media is going to crucify him, that is just the way it goes with him.”
    Yup, it’s not like Jose Reyes visited him and was ignored by the press. Craig reported on Reyes before he reported on ARod. That doesn’t eactly square with your theory that the press is out to crucify ARod.
    Maybe, just maybe, the press is just doing their job, and if ARod gets mentioned more often, maybe, just maybe, there is a reason. What’s Craig supposed to do, not report a known a known PED user visitng an alleged HGH dealer, when the alleged dealer had an assistant busted bringing the drugs over the border?
    I know it’s ARod, and I know it’s the Yankees, but I don’t think Craig can simply ignore it without jeopardizing his credibility.

  8. YANKEES1996 - Mar 1, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Joey B, what do you want to bet that Reyes sees less press about his interview than A-Rod does? There probably is no use in talking to you about this anyway you’re probably one of the A-Rod haters. You are right about one thing however A-Rod does get mentioned more often, because writing about him SELLS MORE PAPERS. That to be honest is a crap reason to keep beating on a guy in my opinion.

  9. Rays fan - Mar 2, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Yep, A-Rod stories sell, so of course the news media is going to write more stories about him than a less significant player. It’s the same reason they fan the flames of outrage against Mark McGwire. They, after all, make their money on selling papers and magazines and, most importantly, on space in their publications to advertizers. Said advertizers pay accoriding to circulation/readership. So, if the tabloids do resurrect the “A-Roid” label, the “crap reason” is more money for a for-profit business, like it or not.

  10. Joey B - Mar 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    “Joey B, what do you want to bet that Reyes sees less press about his interview than A-Rod does?”
    1-ARod is an admitted cheater.
    2-Reyes informed the Mets front office, and the Mets front office had someone accompany Reyes on his trip to make sure everything was on the up and up.
    You just have to face reality. When someone who is an admitted PED user visits a doctor that allegedly sells PEDs, and does so while keeping it a secret from the team, even the most naive person would suspect something is wrong.
    As a RS fan, I was disappointed with the accusations against Manny and Papi, but I didn’t blink an eye. I was previously willing to give Manny the benefit of the doubt, but even before the pronouncement, Papi’s development into a 50+ HR hitter was certainly highly, highly suspicious.
    It’s okay to be a fan, but you might want to get out of the ivory tower once in a while.

  11. YANKEES1996 - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Hey your right it is nice to be out of the tower! I have always said and understood and disliked that A-Rod cheated the game, that is not the issue. The issue is that he is continually chastised by the media for anything that happens whether he did it or not. Dr.Galea is known for some type of healing process using the patients blood and spinning the blood in a centrifuge and reinjecting it into the patient. A-Rod is not accused of using this doctor as of this time, but he has already been convicted. A-Rod and even McGwire have been subjected to harsher treatment about their steroid use than Big Papi, how do you explain that? Allow me to help you, Big Papi is obviously not the whipping boy that A-Rod is. Big Papi and Manny are just as guilty of cheating as A-Rod, McGwire, Clemens, Jerry Hairston Jr, and any other player involved in the scandal but the number of negative stories or allegations against them are substantially less than about A-Rod because their star power is not what his is. I still think that slamming a person because of his popularity and their ability to sell papers is a bad reason to crucify someone, A-Rod or not. Do you really believe that Tiger Woods is the only married golfer to engage in extra marital affairs on the PGA tour?, well, of course you do. The fact is the public creates these larger than life stars and has no problem tearing them down publically probably for the same mistakes the at large public has made at some point in time, it is just simply that the publics life is not on display in the NY times therefore the everyday man or woman does not have to answer for their poor decision making.

  12. Vince - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    A-Rod has used drugs his entire career and none of his numbers have any substance. He’ll never tell the truth because if he said “I’ve cheated my entire career”, he would be done! The only reason he is a Yankee is because only the Yankees would or could afford to pay this STEROID cheater that much money. I’m sure you’ll love his $30M contract when he is 40, 41, and 42 and can’t hit anymore. Unless of course he keeps using which he clearly is.

  13. Joey B - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    “The issue is that he is continually chastised by the media for anything that happens whether he did it or not. Dr.Galea is known for some type of healing process using the patients blood and spinning the blood in a centrifuge and reinjecting it into the patient.”
    The doctor is also known for dealing in HGH, and his assistant was caught taking the drugs over the border. Is it not reasonable to think that the reason his assistant was taking the drugs over the border was to sell them?
    “A-Rod is not accused of using this doctor as of this time, but he has already been convicted.”
    If he, like Reyes, was visiting the doctor with the knowledge and consent of the team, it wouldn’t be an issue. You know Craig already ran an article on Reyes’ visit, the article in which Craig opined that Galeo had with some shady associations. Do you know how many comments it garnered? -0-. Why -0-? Because most people figured Reyes has no history, and since he traveled with a team employee, had no ulterior motives. ARod is an admitted cheater, and visited this guy without informing the team.
    “A-Rod and even McGwire have been subjected to harsher treatment about their steroid use than Big Papi, how do you explain that?”
    Papi didn’t steal one of the all-time records. He didn’t parade his son around with him on the theft of the record. He is not going to break the all-time record like ARod. He didn’t go on national TV to say he has never cheated and claimed that it was all his own talent. Mac and ARod have chosen the notoriety by virtue of lying to the public. It’s similar to Pettitte and Clemens. Pettitte came clean immediately. People moved on immediately. Clemens continued to lie about it, playing the American public for fools, though only NYY fans believed him.

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