David Bell, a veteran of a dozen major league seasons, received six packages of HCG at a Philadelphia address last April, when he played for the Phillies. The cost was $128.80, and the drug was prescribed in conjunction with an Arizona antiaging facility. Bell acknowledges receiving the shipment but tells SI the drug was prescribed to him "for a medical condition," which he declined to disclose, citing his right to privacy.Medical condition? Okay, let's take a closer look at what hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) really is. hCG is most "famous" for being the hormone detected by home pregnancy tests. In men, it is used to treat hypogonadism and infertility because it causes the gonads (ha, gonads...) to produce testosterone, which is necessary for sperm production. It is also used in combination with anabolic steroids to maintain testicular size. [Wikipedia has a great explanation of how this works here.]
The way I see it, there are then three reasons why David Bell was taking hCG:
1) He as trying to fail a pregnancy test, likely because his boyfriend was leaving him and this was a last ditch effort to keep him around.
2) He was trying to get a chick knocked-up so his partner and he could raise a child together, but was unsuccessful and looking for some help with his spermatogenesis.
3) He was taking anabolic steroids and was very self conscious about the size of his junk.
All joking aside, Bell could have been using hCG for fertility reasons. And if he was, then he might be more stupid than we ever imagined even Charlie Manuel to be. Think about it. He's plays a professional sport who's biggest story the last 5 years has been steroid abuse. He's going to take a treatment with known association with the use of anabolic steroids. Yet he gets his hCG from an "antiaging facility" all the way across the country that coincidentally has ties to supplying growth hormone and steroids to other professional athletes. Genius. Memo to Fairy Feet: get your legitimate treatment from legitimate doctors in legitimate clinics or else people might think you're...*gasp*...cheating.
I have more to say but I have to check the mail. I have a bit of a headache so I had a "doctor" in Tijuana prescribe some "Mexican Advil." Sweet.
*Thought Subaru deserved a shout out due to yesterday's discussion.