Hey, if Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell can keep on staying alive, why not the Rocket?
First, some recent Clemens news. From the Star-Telegram -
Roger Clemens is either an idiot of Michael Vick-ian proportions, or he’s telling the truth about not taking steroids.
My hunch is it is the former.
If Roger wants a flying Fig Newton of a chance of being in Cooperstown, it had better be the latter.
You see, there is a natural order to athlete screw-ups: Do whatever it was you should not have been doing, get busted, publicly apologize (entering rehab optional, depending on the crime) and watch as a very understanding public forgives just about any gaffe, big or small.
When problems arise is when a prolonged deny-and-lie is introduced into this equation.
The whole “sincere” apology tends to feel a little slimy when it follows a prolonged period of deny, deny, deny and is issued only after the initial denial is proven undeniably to be a lie. The court of public opinion has a statute of limitations for coming clean.
Or, in the case of steroid users, admitting you were not.
The window already has closed for Clemens, who has been steadfast in his denial of steroid and HGH use since the Mitchell Report had an eyewitness placing his butt on the receiving end of a juiced syringe. Originally, he denied via a lawyer statement, upgrading to an agent statement and a YouTube video in recent weeks.
Next up: 60 Minutes and Mike Wallace.
It used to be, back in the day, just sitting across from Wallace could make a squeaky clean CEO sweat and a dirty politician cry. In fact, 60 Minutes was the show nobody wanted calling them for an interview because their interest probably meant you were guilty of something, and they had you nailed.
Is this the same Wallace and 60 Minutes? Who knows?
There is much skepticism, especially in New York, where it has been noted that Wallace is both a Yankees fan and friend of Clemens. He had better go high and tight with his Clemens questions, starting with how the trainer is standing by his story and how he already has been proven reliable with Andy Pettitte.
What we know now suggests Clemens is lying.
He is an idiot if he is and he has a lot of convincing to do if he isn’t.
That’s not exactly a bucket of love for the Rocket there from one of his hometown newsies. Related to Clemens, the Times today (among many other sources) is reporting:
Roger Clemens’s lawyer has hired private investigators to try to challenge the credibility of Brian McNamee, the trainer who told federal agents and former Senator George J. Mitchell that he had injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, a lawyer familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
The investigators may have a tape of McNamee contradicting what he said about Clemens, the lawyer added, although it was unclear whether the tape predated McNamee’s interviews for the Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The lawyer was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the case.
To me, it’s pretty clear what Roger Clemens is doing here – he’s making a Pete Rose play. And, considering how close Clemens and Rose are, in terms of their personality, it does not shock me.
For those who don’t remember, “The Dowd Report,” released in 1989, said that Pete Rose bet on baseball. This is much like “The Mitchell Report,” released this month, that said Roger Clemens used PEDs.
For 15 years, Rose kept saying that the Dowd Report was not true – and that he never bet on baseball. It wasn’t until 2004 that Rose came clean on the subject.
I expect Clemens to do the same – he’ll keep his fight going for as long as he can. And, then, someday, maybe as late as the year 2022, perhaps he’ll come out with a book or something telling the true story.
After all, what does Roger have to lose here? The court of public opinion has already made up their mind on him – he’s guilty. If he fights that, and loses, he’s still guilty – and all he’s wasted was time. But, if by some miracle, by protesting, he can win over some people, maybe it works out in his favor down the line? Maybe, in a few more years, we find out that just about every “Hall of Fame” type pitcher, who’s thrown in the last 15 years, has used some sort of PED? Who knows? But, if that happens, then Clemens is just one of the crowd – as opposed to being the PED Pitcher Poster Boy – and then it’s a better time for Roger to fess up.
Hey, it’s a reach. But, again, at this point, what does Rocket have left to throw out there?