Clemens as Col. Nathan Jessup

Got this in an email and I’d love to assign proper credit to the author, so if anyone knows who actually wrote this, let me know!


Roger Clemens: You want answers?

Congressman: I think I’m entitled to them.

Clemens: You want answers?

Congressman: I want the truth!

Clemens: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has baseballs. And those balls have to be hit by men with bats. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Congressman? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for steroids and you curse HGH. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that HGH, while illegal, probably sells tickets. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, sells tickets…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that mound. You need me on that mound. We use words like fastball, slider, splitfinger…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent playing a sport. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and falls asleep to the Sportscenter clips I provide, than questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, Isuggest you pick up a bat and dig in. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

Congressman: Did you order the HGH?

Clemens: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.

Congressman: Did you order the HGH?

Clemens: You’re goddamn right I did!!

Ya know, if this conversation REALLY took place BEFORE it got to Capital Hill, we’d be done wringing our hands over this and Clemens wouldn’t be facing the possibility of jail for perjury. Continue reading Clemens as Col. Nathan Jessup

Time for a pause: Hope for the best

It seems all to easy to forget about what’s really important, especially when we’re stuck down a steroids-induced rathole like we’ve been for the last 2+ months. But when reading that an all time good guy in Bobby Murcer was again possibly suffering a relapse of brain cancer, I couldn’t help but feel for him and his family. Bobby’s been a wonderful ambassador for the game, on the field and off, as well as behind the microphone. It’s all too fashionable to bash all things NY and the Yanks, but Murcer’s one of those guys who transcends all that.

Say a prayer or do whatever you’d do if this email (sent from Murcer’s wife) came to your inbox from a friend or family:

hello dears…guess it’s been too long since we’ve sent any new messages about our crazy, jam-packed life… and I’ve always said that “no news is good news”, however, that’s why I’m getting this to you today. Bobby’s MRI Tuesday showed an area that the docs are concerned about, and he is scheduled for a brain biopsy at MDA this coming Monday . . . Please pray that it will be determined to be necrosis (scar tissue from the radiation), and not another cancerous tumor. It’s one of the two.

we’ve had to make many travel changes, but still hope to be in Tampa for spring training games by the 7th, then to NYC for opening day on the 31st. Life comes with a few bitter pills to swallow, and we are trying to digest this latest bit of information with God’s grace as our strength.

many of you know that our dear friend, Dr. Sam Hassenbusch, lost his battle with this insideous disease last Monday . . . He was such a good man, and taught us much about how best to handle adversity while inspiring everyone on his path along the way. We have been blessed with the Hassenbusch family’s encouragement this last year.

Just know that we are dealing with this the only way we know how… with God, family, friends, prayers. It’s a bump in the road, and we care so much that each of you are staying with us as the journey continues.
lots of xoxoxoxo, k & bobby

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Has the pendulum swung too far?

Emma Span of Slate (and Eephus Pitch blog, a new friend of the site here!) has a pretty solid article highlighting why most Yanks and Sox fans were relieved when neither side landed Johan. I agree completely as I think both of us (Yanks fans and Sox fans alike) knew/realized the following:

  • Johan would be great on the other squad
  • Johan could be a difference maker
  • Johan could help the other team for the next 5-7 years
  • Johan was not priced out of either long term budget
  • The cost, in terms of our own, homegrown talent, would be high
  • The value of developing your own studs has never been higher
  • We want to embrace our own and watch them develop in front of our own eyes
  • Hate being told that “you buy your championships”
  • We know you can’t “buy a championship” (witness the 2001-current Yanks teams)

Ms. Span deftly notes the following:

Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein and Yankees GM Brian Cashman have similar strategies. Both want strong farm systems that provide a steady supply of affordable core players, with trades and free agents to supplement the homegrown talent as needed. (…) It’s easy to understand why Red Sox fans have embraced this idea; winning two World Series titles in four years inspires a lot of confidence in management. What’s more surprising is that, despite the team’s recent postseason failings, many Yankee fans don’t want to buy the pennant either.

I really think it comes down to each team wanting to get back to a philosophy of “top to bottom” team building, which relies on building internally and filling with trades/free agents selectively. I hope it continues. I love the idea of having the ability to watch Hughes/Joba/Cano mature in pinstripes rather than watching other team’s 32 year olds come play for extraordinarily high free agent contracts.

Of course, I said MOST of this here way back when, but that’s neither here nor there.

HOWEVER: I’d be lying if I wasn’t thinking the pendulum HAS swung too far and we should have parted with IPK and some other guys (or even Hughes) to get Johan. I’m happy with our guys but there is still a small part of me that wonders if we should have pulled the trigger.

[Note: big props to Ben at River Ave. Blues for getting a key mention in the article] Continue reading Has the pendulum swung too far?

Where was Congress THEN?

This day in baseball history 1986:

1986 – In major league baseball’s sternest disciplinary move since the 1919 Black Sox were banished for life, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth gives seven players who were admitted drug users a choice of a year’s suspension without pay or heavy fines and career-long drug testing, along with 100 hours of drug-related community service. Joaquin Andujar, Dale Berra, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Jeffrey Leonard, Dave Parker, and Lonnie Smith will be fined 10 percent of their annual salaries to drug abuse programs. The commissioner also doles out lesser penalties to 14 other players for their use of drugs.

Guess Congress was busy that week. Hrmmmmm. Also guess recreational drugs (and alcohol) is not that big of a deal for the major sports clubs vis a vis PEDs.

(Unrelated sidebar: how cool were those old ‘Stros uniforms? The number on the leg, the high stirrups and the rainbow jersey. Bring them back!) Continue reading Where was Congress THEN?

New math: DUI+Hit&run+Assault < PED use

File this one under “just sayin'”:

The world implodes when baseball players (also other sports’ athletes, too) get busted for PED use, however, when someone does this, it’s a mere 4th page mention and quickly forgotten. Just sayin’…

A total of six charges have been filed against Spiezio in Orange County Superior Court, all resulting from an incident on Dec. 30, 2007. The charges are: driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher, hit-and-run with property damage, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and assault and battery.

Sounds like new math to me, at least in terms of public outcry:
+ DUI
+ Hit and run
+ Property damage
+ Assault with a deadly weapon
+ Assualt and battery
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Clemens' Seven Deadly Sins: REVIEWED!

Before I left work, I penned a quick entry called Clemens’ Seven Deadly Sins which highlighed the seven key topics that Congress believes Clemens possibly committed perjury. Since then, Game Of Shadows author Mark Fainaru-Wada has provided his review of the 18 page document listing Clemens sins. Normally, I’d grab some key points and discuss here. However, I’m lucky enough to have a guest “writer” who can lend some talent to this discussion.

At the end my last posting, I mentioned I’d try to hit up Craig from Shysterball for some of his legal expertise. Sure enough, he was kind enough to do more than I could have asked for. Below you’ll see his thoughts on each of the seven items. (I’d still take a good read of Mark’s thoughts as the pertain more to the evidence/facts than the legalese.)

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Clemens' Seven Deadly Sins

So, it’s here, the recommendation from Committee on Oversight and Goverment Reform, lead by Rep. Waxman, that Clemens be investigated on charges of perjury.

In the linked-to PDF, we see what Waxman’s staff compiled as outlined as Clemens’ seven lies that should be investigated. In summary, here they are:
  1. MR. CLEMENS’S TESTIMONY THAT HE HAS “NEVER TAKEN STEROIDS OR HGH”
  2. MR. CLEMENS’S TESTIMONY THAT MR. MCNAMEE INJECTED HIM WITH LIDOCAINE
  3. MR. CLEMENS’S TESTIMONY THAT TEAM TRAINERS GAVE HIM PAIN INJECTIONS
  4. MR. CLEMENS’S TESTIMONY THAT HE RECEIVED MANY VITAMIN B-12 INJECTIONS
  5. MR. CLEMENS’S TESTIMONY THAT HE NEVER DISCUSSED HGH WITH MR. MCNAMEE
  6. MR. CLEMENS’S TESTIMONY THAT HE WAS NOT AT JOSE CANSECO’S HOME FROM JUNE 8 TO JUNE 10, 1998
  7. MR. CLEMENS’S TESTIMONY THAT HE WAS “NEVER TOLD” ABOUT SENATOR MITCHELL’S REQUEST
My friends, this has all the makings of an ambush. I’ll see if our favorite blogging baseball-loving lawyer has weighed in on this document yet.
As usual, stay tuned.

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