In the seemingly never-ending saga regarding Alex Rodriguez’s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, new allegations have surfaced that indicate the New York Yankees slugger used the code word “food” in text messages when communicating with Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch when discussing and ordering PEDs.
The inflammatory, in-depth and fascinating report in New York magazine alleges that text message exchanges between A-Rod and Bosh feature communication going back and forth where Rodriguez indicates he requires “food” and even include messages where A-Rod chastises Bosch for using the code word “meds.”
Rodriguez, who is engaged in a fierce, bitter and acrimonious — as well as comically desperate — fight with the MLB for to preserve his professional life and already heavily damaged reputation as he appeals his 211-game suspension, countered Bosch’s allegations with the claim that “food” actually meant nutrition, not PEDs.
Bosch reportedly turned over a a Blackberry turned over to Major League Baseball that contained the alleged messages. A sampling of the text exchanges, as summarized by the New York Post:
Bosch used the term “meds” in a message to Rodriguez in April 2012, the magazine reported, with Rodriguez responding minutes later: “Not meds dude. food.” MLB’s investigators viewed the exchange as Rodriguez reminding Bosch of their ruse.
But a day before, according to the article, Bosch texted Rodriguez with the question, “Do u think they are going to test?” Rodriguez responded with “Maybe” — and also texted to ask what time he should use the “food” for a 1 p.m. game. Rodriguez, according to the magazine, claimed the question about timing was because he wanted maximum effectiveness from the food at game time. But Bosch said Rodriguez was attempting to avoid detection in a potential test for performance-enhancing drugs.
On April 3, 2012, Rodriguez felt “explosive,” according to a text message. “Awesome,” Bosch replied. “Go with the same protocol.”
And the New York mag report gets more sordid and damning from there. Fascinating piece and a must-read, if A-Rod’s continuing fall from grace remains intriguing.
But if the allegations contained in the report are true, Rodriguez referring to PEDs as food is like an alcoholic referring to booze as a “mood stabilizer.” Or a pothead calling weed an “appetite enhancer.” Or me referring to dated pop culture references as “source material” or “comedic fodder.”