Here’s a pretty interesting read if you want to dive back in the Clemens/McNamee cesspool.
Evidently ESPN sent a reporter to watch yesterday’s hearings with a body language expert who’s trained to pick up the slightest nuances in movement and actions to determine who is possibly withholding the truth. She can’t say that someone is definitively lying, but she is often used by the government and other agencies for this sorta thing. [Pretty neat, if you ask me. But I tend to get absorbed in this sorta minutae easily. If it's not your thing, check the post below this one. Certainly a bit lighter.]
Some of her more interesting and amusing observations, in no particular order:
When McNamee read his opening statement, Driver had nothing critical to say. She found no hot spots. No clusters. McNamee’s hands were on the table, a position she said conveys truth and confidence. And he didn’t stutter in any way. “He comes across as genuine,” Driver said. “There’s nothing there. It’s exactly what you’re looking for. There’s no signs of deception. These opening statements are a perfect example of what to do and what not to do.”
“[McNamee has] got serious credibility issues. There’s no question about that. But body-language-wise, he comes across as sincere. There’s no reason to think he’s lying.”
On several occasions, Clemens referred to McNamee as “this man.” Said Driver: “That’s distancing language. Bill Clinton did the exact same thing when he said he did not have sexual relations with ‘that woman.’ It’s a way to distance yourself from the truth.”
When asked by the committee whether Clemens had received an invitation to meet with former Sen. George Mitchell to discuss his commission’s findings, Driver counted Clemens pausing 23 times before answering no. “That’s a serious potential hot spot.”
When Rep. Darrell S. Issa, R-Calif., announced that he was pleased this would be the last hearing on steroids in baseball, Driver said Clemens raised his lip. “That’s contempt,” she said. “It means moral superiority, essentially, ‘I win.’ That just shows that he is pleased that this will be the last hearing on this topic.”
You can feel free to totally disregard her findings, but I think it’s worth considering as we all come to our own views and decisions on this mess. Comments, as always, are welcome!
No, I’m not turning into one of those type of blogs, but when I noticed this, courtesy of Big League Stew, I had to at least post it here as it’s certainly worth repeating (and laughing about). I mean, how could this be left out of yesterday’s showdown? It was part of McNamee’s testimony, page 26-27, as usual, emphasis mine:
Q: We’ve received evidence that there was a team party at Canseco’s house, but that Mr. Clemens was golfing that day and wasn’t at the party. It sounds like you have a pretty clear recollection of seeing Mr. Clemens at this party along with some family members, is that right? Are you certain about that?
A: Roger showed up after golf, I believe. Maybe he was golfing. I don’t know if he was golfing. He might have showed up a little bit later, but no, he was there the whole time for the most part. He was in the house. I could tell a specific story about him being there, which was involving Jose (Canseco), Jose’s wife and Roger’s wife when they went inside, when the guys showed up. I mean, they talked — no disrespect, but they talked about how great Jose’s wife’s augmentation job was to Debbie and showed her. And then Debbie showed her her augmentation job.
Great googly moogly. That woulda been the Best.Congressional Hearing.Ever. Alas, we can only laugh about it now.
Sorry about the lack of posts today; I was buried non-stop at work from 7:30am until I left at 6pm. Happy Valentine’s Day!
The good folks at the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform were kind enough to post ALL of the documents and exhibits referenced and discussed today. Interviews, pictures, testimonies, injury reports, affidavits, MRI results…a regular do-it-yourself kit for burgeoning lawyers and investigators.
There’s even the interview with Clemens’ nanny. Riveting!!!
Rather than posting all of the links to each exhibit, etc., just hit the first one and have a ball!
Lots of good summaries already out, so I thoroughly recommend taking a read from this group (will update as I get others to add):
- Analysis: The Clemens & McNamee Hearing (by buddy Alan Schwarz, NYTimes)
- What A Day! (by Shysterball)
- Round 2: Clemens vs. McNamee (Jayson Stark, ESPN)
- Coverage of the Congressional Hearing on Steroids (Sliding into Home)
- Rick Carpiniello’s world of sports (LoHud’s blog)
- Pettitte wasn’t in room, but his words carried much of the day (Gene Wojo, ESPN)
- Pro-Clemens or anti-Clemens? Might depend on political party (Mike Fish, ESPN)
- Hits and misses; Best and worst moments from the hearings (Tom Verducci, SI)
- Clemens stands tall on Capitol Hill (Michael McCann, SI Legal Analyst)
- A day to misremember (David Epstein, SI)
- Clemens, McNamee face off in D.C. (Bryan Hoch, MLB.com)
- It’s A Wrap (Sean Devaney, Sporting News)
- Clemens shelled by Congress (Dan Wetzel, Yahoo!)
- Clemens, McNamee take hits at hearing (Jeff Passan, Yahoo!)
My thoughts, in short-cut, take-the-easy-way-out, made-for-TV bulleted form:
- McNamee was hit harder than I expected; I expected him to be carried into the proceedings like Madeline Kahn as “Empress Nympho” in History of the World, Part 1
- Clemens was hit less than I expected but still took a ton of punches
- Wish I could claim this as my own, but re: Clemens: “Isn’t frequent lip-licking a well-known indication of untruthfulness? Guy was licking his lips like bacon was cooking.”
- Both came out looking less-than-credible
- Waxman’s closing monologue in which he apologized to McNamee was unnecessary and totally biased
- Nanny-gate will be next on the docket
- Pettitte looks good, or as good as one can look emerging from this pit of filth
- What was Rep. Norton saying when she said: “Mr. Clemens, all I can say is, I’m sure you’re going to heaven“?
- Davis, Burton, Isso & Clay and other Republicans look like big Clemens supportors
- Waxman, Cummings and other Democrats look like McNamee supporters
- Taking a bi-partisan stance here is so pathetic, it sickens me. End of politics
- Rusty Hardin looks like a madman when angry. Wish we saw more of that
- I have no idea why Debbie Clemens was holding one yellow rose
- I still cannot understand how/why Roger was allowed to politick around Capitol Hill over the last week, speaking in private with all the representatives that were to be questioning him today. Isn’t that akin “tampering”? No matter what you call it, I thought it was more than strange
- I can’t see, for the life of me, how either Clemens or McNamee will ever be convicted of perjury, or that it will even go to court. So many holes in both stories. Maybe the attorneys will dive deeper into Nanny-Gate to drag this out longer. Billable hours, baby!
- I hope this is it, but I fear it’s not
- I wonder how Pettitte will respond when he steps on the mound. Is he strong enough, mentally? Will the fans embrace his honesty or boo his inclusion as an HGH user?
- Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow. Amen and hallelujah!
For those of you who chose to read along with my ramblings today, thanks for your time. I’m tired but I enjoyed it. Hope you did, too.
Anyone know where to get a shot of b12 or HGH to make me feel more youthful? (cue laughtrack)
Said Rep. Norton:
“Mr. Clemens, all I can say is, I’m sure you’re going to heaven.”
I guess Clemens didn’t give her some autographs last week, or didn’t agreed to appear at her grandkids birthday party.
EDIT: This was about the strangest quip I heard all day
Rep. Isso had this to open, initially bashing McNamee:
I guess PhD stands for “piled higher, deeper”
He added, in closing: “Shame on you“. Good one for Clemens.
Nanny-gate has turned this humdrum testimony on it’s ear!!! Rusty is standing and yelling, pointing his finger in Congress. Great theater!
Clemens contacted his former nanny before Congress could get to her. They are calling ‘impropriety’!
Clemens is “offended” by the accusations.
Good times on the Hill!
Staggering comment: Rep. Clay replayed a question from another representative (Capuano of Massachusetts): “Roger, what uniform are you wearing to the HOF?” He believes Clemens completely and entirely.
I had expected an all-out Clemens beat-down today. It’s been, at worst, even. I might even go so far as to say that McNamee has taken more shots than Clemens. McNamee’s credibility has been blown to bits.
Clemens looks like the winner today, so far, in my eyes.
UPDATE: #1: Stark had this quote regarding Clay’s comments: There are times and places for hero worship. This hearing wasn’t one of them. We charge Clay with inappropriate pandering. What’s the federal punishment for that?
Nicely done, Mr. Stark.