I’m an unabashed baseball fan (GO Cardinals!!).
However, days like Wednesday make me sad and angry that America’s (former) pastime has come to this.
Roger Clemens had his day on Capitol Hill getting grilled by members of Congress about his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormone per testimony from both his former personal trainer Brian McNamee and a teammate and close friend in the form of Andy Pettitte.
When all was said and done (and lots was said but a lot less done) McNamee suffered through his fair share of potshots and didn’t come out smelling like a rose, but Clemens didn’t clean up his legacy any either. ESPN writer Jayson Stark live-blogged the event and pulled out some of the more absurd, pivotal, inane and pertinent points during the day-long event.
I’m sorry. I don’t buy that McNamee would tell the truth about Pettitte (as confirmed by Pettitte) and even about Roger’s own wife (as confirmed by the Clemens family), but he would lie about the Rocket. What?
In defending himself, the Rocket talks incessantly about all the work he puts into staying in tip-top shape for an athlete his age. Nobody can argue about that. We’ve all seen the video of him running sprints and lifting weights in a perpetual loop on ESPN and other sports outlets the last few months.
My argument is this. I could shoot my bum full of HGH and steroids, but if all I do is sit on the couch afterward and eat Twinkies, I’m not going to be competing for any body-building trophies or doing any swim suit photo shoots any time soon. You have to combine the performance enhancing drugs with the workouts.
The PEDs aren’t all about bulking up. They’re also about speeding up recovery time after a workout (important for an old codger like Roger). They make it just as easy to head into the gym the day after an intense training session as it was the first day you tossed around the old medicine ball.
At this point, in my opinion, Clemens deserves just as much harassment as any BALCO client. I have vilified slugger Barry Bonds on this blog before and I likely will again. Now its Clemens’ turn.
One of those two men perjured themselves before Congress. It will likely take a lot of time before we find out which one. I have my theories on which of the pair it will be.
As I see it, Bonds may need to make room for the Rocket in the Big-Headed Baseball Players Hall of Infamy.