There is so much I like about Roger Clemens. The intensity, the wanting of the ball in a clutch situation, willingness to throw inside and own the plate and so forth. Yet, due to his fake non-denial denial I am left with no other choice to lump him in the same category as Barry Bonds.
His denial centered on never failing a drug test. The exact same tack taken by Barry Bonds and track star Marion Jones. Not failing a drug test does not say you never took steroids, and does not dispute someone injected you with a needle - the lack of saying of such is in my view an admission of guilt.
I'm going to steal a little bit of Jim Rome: If it is not true then say I never took 'roids, and that clown never injected me with a needle. Then go on a litigation rampage like it is no one's business: sue George Mitchell, ESPN, MLB, Brian McNamee, every news outlet that made the report available, and so on. Stand on the rooftops and scream it loud and proud.
David Justice, not that he is relevant anymore, pro actively went out and addressed the issue and started to clear his name. A-Rod on 60 minutes said point blank: I never doped. By not directly addressing the issue to me is saying you were caught. If it is true, then just say so. American sports fans can be a forgiving bunch - if you show some honesty, admit what you did, and offer a rationale explanation as to why. That is the only path to respectability. Silence will only allow the clouds to continue to hover - direct dialog makes them go away.
Mitchell Report: At the end of the day, this report basically said what we all said it would be on the 12/12 post. The report's main source centered on any BALCO ties and a disgruntled trainer (thus the reason for a concentration of players from certain teams and geographic regions). Again, not exactly an earth shattering report, but I'd say it did highlight the clear need to develop a method to detect HGH and that's about it.
The bottom line conclusion is this: In baseball, the use of chemicals does boost performance and is unfair to those guys that were clean. Look at Clemens' numbers before the alleged time of doping and after. There is a dramatic difference and three Cy Youngs. Same with Bonds (power numbers increased on an average of 45% per season post Clear and Cream). Which means the two best players over the last two decades are frauds. -- thanks for the memories.
The sport needs the likes of A-Rod, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Jake Peavey and Josh Beckett now more than ever to step up and dominate (and of course, not fail a drug test).
Out of anyone, Andy Pettitte may be the one guy Selig uses as an example with punishment - if it is true. So I guess I'd like to hear Pettitte's reply and then move on from here.