Dec 28 2011
I guess it’s true, a zebra will never change it’s stripes. This time the zebra is New York Yankees third basemen and known roid-head Alex Rodriguez, and it’s stripes are shady procedures and cheating the game of baseball.
With the Yankees and NBA star Kobe Bryant’s recommendation; A-Rod went to Germany earlier this month to undergo an experimental blood-spinning treatment on his bothersome right knee and left shoulder. Sounds about right.
Apparently the procedure is called “Orthokine,” a variant of blood-spinning techniques that have grown increasingly popular with athletes over the last several years. Under these procedures, affected areas are injected with a patient’s own blood, after it has been taken through a centrifuge. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman compared the procedure to a “higher level” version of platelet-rich plasma therapy. I won’t blame the Yankees for this because Cashman said the procedure does not violate any anti-doping laws and that Major League Baseball was also informed of the procedure in advance. So god speed.
A-Rod is the 4th Yankees to undergo a similar procedure in the past few years. Former outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano used similar techniques, though unsuccessful, in an effort to speed-up recovery from arm injuries. Pitcher Bartolo Colon also underwent a similar therapy, although in his case it was part of a larger treatment that centered on the use of controversial stem-cell techniques. Shocker the Yankees know some slimy way to get players back and better.
Let’s see if A-Rod can bounce back from an injury filled season in which he played in only 99 games, and hit .276 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs. If you can’t do it clean, go to a foreign country and get some sketchy treatements. Right?