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Friday, March 29, 2019

“Screwball” Documents the Absurdity of A-Rod’s Role in Biogenesis Through the Backdrop of Miami

Screwball understands that the story it’s telling is a farce. (It’s not called “Screwball” for nothing.) The Biogenesis steroid scandal was one of the biggest in baseball history and took down one of the game’s greatest stars in Alex Rodriguez, but it reads like an Elmore Leonard novel populated exclusively with morons, or like a Coen brothers movie rewritten by the Farrelly brothers with a dash of Harmony Korine. So smartly, the documentary treats the sordid affair like the comedy it is—a saga with huge consequences, and yet one that started over a measly $4,000 debt. The result is an exhaustive yet fun retelling of the strange, stupid peak of MLB’s PED frenzy, and one well handled by producer and director Billy Corben, who is no stranger to shining a light on Miami’s shadiest nonsense. The film is out Friday in theatres and will be released on VOD on April 5….

The connection between Bosch and Rodriguez yields some of Screwball’s best material. Bosch recounts that, in their first meeting, A-Rod—despite Ramirez having been busted and suspended in 2009 (in true Manny fashion, he mistakenly took a dose on the wrong day)—immediately tells him, “I want what Manny was taking.” His connection with Rodriguez was his most profitable, and like a low-rent Scarface, Bosch rode that success to financial windfall. He also got a window into the high-octane weirdness that is A-Rod, like the Yankees third baseman’s all-white Manhattan apartment (including the floors), or the time he drew the three-time MVP’s blood in the bathroom of a Miami nightclub, only to lose the vial while partying that night.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2019 at 03:56 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex rodriguez, biogenesis, documentaries, peds

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   1. Sunday silence Posted: March 29, 2019 at 09:51 PM (#5826865)
"taking down" AROd is an interesting turn of phrase, its not like he's living in some sort of semi exil ala Joe Jackson.

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