Nobody came away looking good from last night’s 60 Minutes story on the Alex Rodriguez doping scandal. A-Rod declined to be interviewed and was portrayed as a vengeful weasel who is afraid of needles. His lawyer, Joe Tacopina, with his “I’m-in-disbelief” routine about the allegations against Rodriguez came across as less than convincing. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred had to be prodded to speak frankly about buying evidence from “Bobby” in South Florida. MLB commissioner Bud Selig’s puffed-up estimation of A-Rod’s villainy only supported the notion that he is on a witch hunt. And Scott Pelley and CBS generally played the part of baseball’s Pollyanna.
The most sympathetic character was Anthony Bosch, the pill-popping fake Miami doctor who says he managed Rodriguez’s performance enhancing drug schedule, a claim he denied until he became a witness for the league. Bosch says he was paid $12,000 a month to help Rodriguez cheat and personally injected him with steroids. After reading New York magazine’s A-Rod cover story in December, it was hard to believe that Rodriguez would entrust his body and his professional reputation to Bosch and the “roster of hustlers out of an Elmore Leonard novel” who surrounded him. But last night, Bosch came away seeming like more of a pharmacological mastermind than a South Florida lowlife.