Saturday, December 15, 2007

Don't Say Steroids

The description of the modern day champion has been redefined. It appears that everyone in pro baseball who has won a title, or broke a record has been using steroids. I think it will eventually be viewed like an addiction. In the company of pro athletes no telling who's toes you're going to step on. The question came up "now that other high profile athletes have been named, will they go after them with the same zeal as they did Barry Bonds?" I submit to you, that they won't. Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte won't face nearly the eyeballing Barry Bonds did. The attack on Barry Bonds had more to do with his homerun record than anything else.

People aren't ready to lower the bar to the pre-steroid days. We have gotten used to the level of performance these athletes provide. The fans weren't thinking about steroids every time they watched Barry Bonds hit a homerun. Are fans prepared to see Roger Clemens fastballs slow down to 90mph, instead of the 105 that has won him 7 Cy Young awards?A reporter said it best in my opinion:

Added Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News: "Instead of judging players on whether or not they used performance-enhancing substances, I think the focus now shifts to measuring their performance within the context of the Steroid Era."

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pleas for understanding have already started.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger Clemens adamantly denies using steroids.

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Blogger Common said...

Baseball stars get called to Congress
Trainers, too, under oath on performance drugs
By Howard Fendrich
Associated Press
Saturday, January 5, 2008

WASHINGTON -- Now Roger Clemens gets a chance to tell his side of the story under oath. So does his good pal Andy Pettitte. And their former trainer, Brian McNamee, too.

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, was asked Friday to testify before a congressional committee looking into the Mitchell Report on doping in baseball, nearly three years after the same panel brought sluggers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro to Capitol Hill.

Also invited to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Jan. 16 were Clemens' former New York Yankees teammates Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch; McNamee, who has said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone; and former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski, whose allegations were central to the findings released last month by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell.

Although no one had agreed to show up for the hearing as of late Friday, the committee's announcement listed Clemens and others under the heading, "Witnesses will include."

"Roger is willing to answer questions, including those posed to him while under oath," said Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin. "We hope to determine shortly if schedules and other commitments can accommodate the committee on that date."

Said the committee's minority staff director, David Marin: "We always presume that invited witnesses will appear."

That session will take place one day after the lawmakers are to hear testimony from Mitchell, along with baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union leader Donald Fehr.

Clemens, who ranks eighth in major league history with 354 career wins, and McNamee, a former strength coach for the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, have engaged in a public game of he-said, he-said -- although neither has spoken under oath about the matter.

McNamee told Mitchell he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while they were with Toronto, and with steroids and human growth hormone in 2000 and 2001 while with New York.

Clemens, 45, issued a video statement denying McNamee's accusations. In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" to be aired Sunday night, Clemens admits he was injected by McNamee but with painkillers and vitamin B-12 -- not performance-enhancing drugs.

Pettitte, who has won 201 games and four World Series titles, said McNamee injected him with HGH twice while the pitcher was recovering from an injury.

McNamee told Mitchell he acquired HGH from Radomski for Knoblauch in 2001, and that he injected the 1991 AL Rookie of the Year and four-time All-Star with it. Knoblauch stopped playing in 2002.

Radomski pleaded guilty in April to federal felony charges of distributing steroids and laundering money, and he is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 8.

This group of lawmakers convened the March 2005 hearing where McGwire refused to answer questions about whether he used steroids, saying, "I'm not here to talk about the past." Sosa testified he had never knowingly used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Another congressional committee has scheduled a Jan. 23 hearing on the Mitchell Report.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Common said...

Baseball stars get called to Congress
Trainers, too, under oath on performance drugs
By Howard Fendrich
Associated Press
Saturday, January 5, 2008

WASHINGTON -- Now Roger Clemens gets a chance to tell his side of the story under oath. So does his good pal Andy Pettitte. And their former trainer, Brian McNamee, too.

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, was asked Friday to testify before a congressional committee looking into the Mitchell Report on doping in baseball, nearly three years after the same panel brought sluggers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro to Capitol Hill.

Also invited to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Jan. 16 were Clemens' former New York Yankees teammates Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch; McNamee, who has said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone; and former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski, whose allegations were central to the findings released last month by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell.

Although no one had agreed to show up for the hearing as of late Friday, the committee's announcement listed Clemens and others under the heading, "Witnesses will include."

"Roger is willing to answer questions, including those posed to him while under oath," said Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin. "We hope to determine shortly if schedules and other commitments can accommodate the committee on that date."

Said the committee's minority staff director, David Marin: "We always presume that invited witnesses will appear."

That session will take place one day after the lawmakers are to hear testimony from Mitchell, along with baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union leader Donald Fehr.

Clemens, who ranks eighth in major league history with 354 career wins, and McNamee, a former strength coach for the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, have engaged in a public game of he-said, he-said -- although neither has spoken under oath about the matter.

McNamee told Mitchell he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while they were with Toronto, and with steroids and human growth hormone in 2000 and 2001 while with New York.

Clemens, 45, issued a video statement denying McNamee's accusations. In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" to be aired Sunday night, Clemens admits he was injected by McNamee but with painkillers and vitamin B-12 -- not performance-enhancing drugs.

Pettitte, who has won 201 games and four World Series titles, said McNamee injected him with HGH twice while the pitcher was recovering from an injury.

McNamee told Mitchell he acquired HGH from Radomski for Knoblauch in 2001, and that he injected the 1991 AL Rookie of the Year and four-time All-Star with it. Knoblauch stopped playing in 2002.

Radomski pleaded guilty in April to federal felony charges of distributing steroids and laundering money, and he is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 8.

This group of lawmakers convened the March 2005 hearing where McGwire refused to answer questions about whether he used steroids, saying, "I'm not here to talk about the past." Sosa testified he had never knowingly used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Another congressional committee has scheduled a Jan. 23 hearing on the Mitchell Report.

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