Roger? Stop Digging

15 02 2008

Was always told by my father, “The first secret to finding yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
It would seem that Roger Clemens is incapable of putting down the shovel.
With the testimonial of not only Chuck Knoblauch and Andy Pettite, but also Pettite’s wife Laura, the Rocket seems to be almost buried.
Mainly his own doing.

Should Roger Clemens be as vilified as Barry Bonds???

As the above picture asks, should Roger Clemens be as vilified as Barry Bonds is? It’s certainly a fair question, and one that no doubt Stephen A. Smith will ask ad infinitum. There’s really no reason Andy Pettite would seemingly side with Brian McNamee on this issue other than… he’s telling the truth. Roger Clemens certainly struggled to provide an answer on this – other than trying to assert that perhaps Pettite ‘mis-remembered’ the conversation.
However, Laura Pettite also testified that her husband reported to her the exact same gist of Clemens’ conversation with Pettite – “Roger Clemens is using performance enhancing drugs”.
Andy Pettite followed that up with a declaration that “I don’t think I misunderstood him.” within his deposition. The various expert testimony presented is pretty damning for Clemens – from club doctors declaring that B12 shots would not give an abcess wound like the one Clemens has on his butt, to a Yankees trainer declaring that there was no way that McNamee – a former assistant strength coach at the Yanks – would’ve given Clemens B12 shots.

Clemens himself does not come across as credible. A lot of bluster there, but as Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland stated: “It’s hard to believe you, sir. It’s hard to say that; you are one of my heroes. But it’s hard to believe you.”

The grandstanding Clemens gave when telling the world how easy he was to find was absolutely sickening. “When I wore the United States of America on my chest…” blah blah blah…

Brian McNamee, and The RocketClemems hemmed and hawed his way through responding to the inquisition inquiry which asked him to explain Andy Pettite’s deposition.
The bottom line on as to why Pettite lie about this?
“Andy would have no reason to… He’s my friend.” was all that Clemens could offer.

Barry Bonds has been hung out to dry. There’s no doubt in my mind that Bonds used steroids to achieve what he did.
Now, with all that’s come to light, I’m of the same opinion with regards to Roger Clemens.
And he should be treated appropriately.
For the final word, Earl Ward – Brian McNamee’s lawyer – had it right when he asserted
“Roger Clemens has put himself in a position where his legacy as the greatest pitcher in baseball will depend less on his ERA and more on his DNA”…

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3 responses

15 02 2008
Steve

Don, I keep thinking back to Marion Jones and our former First Groper, President Clintion, in that the more strident they were in proclaming their innocence, they eventually came clean and admitted that they had lied. I think Clemens will be added to that list. The reason he was not as villified as Bonds is that he was a dickhead(albeit one with a smoking hot wife), but maybe not as total a dickhead as bonds. In the end, it is a shame, because before he started on the juice, like Bonds, Clemens already had Hall of fame credentials.

15 02 2008
withmalice

You do? I don’t think Roger will ever admit to this… I think he’s more worried about his ‘place in history’ than Bonds is.

18 02 2008
Steve "Nursedude"

You know, Don, I never thought Marion Jones would come clean, either. In the end, I think you are right, after seeing the video again, I think Roger Clemens would drink cyanide laced kool aid before he ever admits to any wrong doing.

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