To Tell the Truth
Brian McNamee insists, under the threat of perjury, that he injected Roger Clemens with steroids 16 times between 1998-2001. Clemens vehemently and categorically denies that it happened even once. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: One of these guys is a lying rat. This coming Wednesday in Washington, we may finally find out which one it is when McNamee and Clemensalong with Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and Kirk Radomskianswer questions directly and under oath before a nationwide TV audience. All five men have already been deposed under oath behind closed doors in separate meetings, but the public grand theater to take place before Congress could very well make the Mark McGwire-Rafael Palmeiro-etc.-etc. hearings of three years ago a forgettable spring training tune-up by comparison. Clemens will have two likely fronts to fight while before Congress: The possible introduction of evidence reportedly handed over from McNamee that could link him to steroids; and the testimony of ex-teammates Pettitte and Knoblauch (who lost his game of hide-and-seek with Congress), both of whom may corroborate McNamee’s statements. A Perry Mason moment is not guaranteed, but it’s far too much of a possibility to leave C-SPAN off your TV on Wednesday.
Debbie Does What?!
Now even Debbie Clemens, Roger’s wife, is being accused of taking steroids, according to the sworn testimony of Brian McNamee. If true, we have a suggestion for Mrs. Clemens the next time she wants to consider HGH for a Sports Illustrated shoot: Try Photoshop instead.
A League of His Own
Categories on ESPN’s “Bottom Line” ticker this past Wednesday evening: MLB, NBA, NCAAF, NCAAM, NFL, NHL and Clemens.
The headline blared, “Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal are Cockfighters,” and we couldn’t help but wince. Actually, the Hall-of-Famer and future Hall-of-Famer were unknowingly caught on tape smiling together and watching roosters go at it in a cockfighting venue in the Dominican Republic. The clip was a big hit on You Tube before it got removed, and before Bud Selig gets a chance to threaten suspensions, it should be noted that cockfighting is legal in the Dominican Republic. (It’s actually legal in two U.S. states. Can you guess which ones? The answer is below.) If for anything else just to get free air time, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has suggested that Martinez and Marichal take an animal sensitivity training course.
An Imperfection to a Perfect Winter
The Boston Red Sox seem to have had it all going into the 2008 season: A world championship, resigned veterans, hot young prospects, a free pass from the Mitchell Reporteven a vow from Manny Ramirez to show up on time for spring training (see below). That sterling momentum hit a pothole this past week when a dispute flared up over Curt Schilling’s health for the coming campaign. The right shoulder that saddled Schilling with long stints on the shelf in 1995 and 1999 has been severely ailing during the offseason, and now Schilling’s long-time personal doctor Craig Morgan says he needs surgery that will likely keep him off the mound for the entire 2008 season. But the Red Sox, not wild about paying a 41-year old pitcher $8 million to sit on the disabled list, want to take a non-surgical “conservative” approach that would allow him to pitch at some point in the season. Schilling has apparently bowed to the Red Sox’ opinion and has received a cortisone shot to begin their rehab. Morgan remains skeptical, telling the Providence Journal that “the percentage of him being able to pitch effectively with (the Red Sox’) treatment is probably between zero and five per cent."
That's Just Manny Not Being Manny
A report states that Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is “getting serious this offseason.” Knowing Ramirez, all this translates to is that he may show up to spring training on timefor once.
Dario and a Friend Named Joe
This week brings our latest installment of They Were There, with former major leaguer Dario Lodigiani speaking to TGG’s Ed Attanasio about being robbed of the opportunity to end good friend Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak (when it was at 25), his kick-back experience playing ball and drinking on Hawaii during World War II, and a funny story involving himself, DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe during a fishing excursion. Check it out here.
Le Grand Goof
The news and notes page for the Washington Nationals on Yahoo’s web site is entitled Expos Team Report. Almost makes you curious to see if there’s a “Colt .45s Team Report” as well.
Answer From Above
Cockfighting is legal within the United States in New Mexico (often confused as a foreign country) and Louisiana (which is a foreign country).