The Week That Was in Baseball: February 11-17, 2008
The Steroid Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Nanny • The Year of the Cub?
Gregg Zaun's Believe It or Not • So Long, Mr. Lodigiani
Live and Let Lie
Who would have guessed a few weeks ago that Clemens would not admit to steroid usebut that his wife would? And how does Debbie Clemens, Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch get poked in the butt by McNamee, while Clemens himself does not?
How could Pettitte be told of Clemens’ wife’s HGH use in 1999 or 2000 when Clemens claimed under oath that she didn’t take it until 2003?
Why was so much time spent on the Jose Canseco party? To prove that McNamee lies? Does a “false in one, false in all” argument wash with the general public, especially when we’re talking something inconsequential as a barbecue party that’s far removed from the general question: Did Clemens take steroids?
Even if the Canseco party was important, what was Clemens doing bringing his ex-nanny into his house when she should have been on her way to Washington to be interviewed by the committee?
How is it that everything regarding steroids always seem to come back to Canseco?
When will lead Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin learn to shut the hell up when it’s wisest for him to do so?
Why did Congressman Dan Burton understand that the reason McNamee was lying to the media back in the day was because it was all part of the baseball culture of the time, to deny everything related to steroids? Remember Rafael Palmeiro, Mr. Burton? Or Barry Bonds? Or Jay Gibbons? Or Canseco? Or are you too busy being fondling that autographed Clemens ball on your desk?
Would Clemens lie in a desperate attempt to save his reputation, knowing that if convicted he could be pardoned by President Bush in the next year because of Clemens’ close ties to the Bush family (as McNamee lawyer Richard Emery theorizes)? And would that explain why so many Republicans soft-tossed with Clemens while playing hardball with McNamee?
Was it a genuinely stupid move, in retrospect, for the players’ union not to allow their members to speak with George Mitchell?
And finally: When will Commissioner Bud Selig smell the steroids, realize what his passive leadership has wrought and step aside so a real commissioner can seriously attempt to amend baseball’s sorry reputation?
Word of the Week
Lo Down on Lo Duca
In honor of the Chicago Cubs' 100th anniversary of their last World Series title, This Great Game is counting down the 40 years between 1909 and 2007 in which the Cubs came nearest to winning another. Our Tragical History Tour of Wrigleyville continues this week with:
37. 1967 87 Wins, 74 Losses
This Year, Definitely
Honeymoon Over Miami
Dario Lodigiani, 1916-2008
He Said What?
The Comebacker’s Greatest Hits