By Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts
The definitive and dramatic tale of the Alex Rodriguez and Biogenesis scandal, written via the journalists who broke and lined the story
On January twenty ninth, 2013, an exposé by way of Miami New Times reporter Tim Elfrink set the activities international on fireplace. Elfrink printed Miami medical institution, Biogenesis, were providing unlawful functionality improving medicines – PEDs – to a number of the nation’s most sensible baseball stars. One identify stood out between the entire others: Alex Rodriguez, the highest-earning participant within the game.
Over the subsequent yr and extra the tale could resolve with impressive information about suntan center robberies, coded textual content messages, and furtive steroid injections within the men’s room. In past due 2013 Alex Rodriguez will be hit with the longest suspension in MLB heritage, prompting an unsightly struggle among him and most sensible league brass. Fourteen different gamers, together with star Ryan Braun, have been additionally given shorter suspensions. Tony Bosch, Biogenesis’s founder, would seem on 60 mins which will inform his part of the story.
What’s already been suggested within the press has been interesting; however the tale in the back of the headlines that Elfrink and Newsday reporter Gus Garcia-Roberts have unearthed is much more dramatic and entire of recent, surprising information. utilizing particular files, never-before-reported files and interviews with most sensible assets, this publication takes the reader inside of drug bargains, athletes’ mansions, and exclusive suspension hearings to inform the real tale at the back of the sport’s carrying on with PED crisis.
Both news-breaking activities journalism and wild South Florida noir, Blood Sport is at the same time a revelatory list of the steroid and PED era’s carrying on with evolution and a decision to hands for the way to finish it – this time, for strong.
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Call on Mike. Need a 10th-inning homer to break a 22-22 deadlock off Sutter? Bring Mike to the plate. After yet another homer, the media would approach Schmidt at his locker. He'd roll his eyes and sigh, knowing the questions forthcoming. Schmidt had no ready answers, he just was the champion Cubs Killer of all time. Schmidt and Aaron each hit 50 in Wrigley Field, but it took Schmidt just a little more than 16 seasons to amass his bounty compared to Aaron's 21. Mays had 54, but he still paled in impact compared to Schmidt.
The "next" Sosa, according to the Lester Holt report, is a 16-year-old slugger named Raphael Salano. He had a role model to follow through the 1998 season. By 1998, Sosa was giving away about $500,000 a year out of his own pocket. He bought 250 computers for Dominican schools. Chase told Sosa that he should start structuring a foundation in which to handle fundraising to get tax breaks. "You're paying a lot out and getting no credit," Chase suggested. Chase originated the charitable foundation that swung into action with hurricane relief.
A lot of people, when they get a lot of money, they throw it away," Sosa told Carrie Muskat, who wrote articles on his business investments and life in the Dominican for the Cubs' team newspaper, Vine Line, and USA Today Baseball Weekly in the winter of 199697. "They forget about tomorrow. I'm not trying to do this. I know I'm not going to play forever. Someday I'll have to pack up and come home. Sosa was loyal to his country long before his celebrity was used to organize hurricane relief. "I'll never forget where I came from," he told Muskat.