14 February 2008

On Roger Clemens

I didn't watch the entire proceedings, but hopefully I have enough content for point of view regarding Clemens et al.
  1. Clemens asked for these proceedings. Don't forget that Congress didn't request these hearings, it was Clemens. I'm not exactly sure how one can request such a thing and why this would be granted, nor the overall objective of the hearings from the perspective of the House Oversight and Government Control Committee.
  2. All of the evidence is circumstantial. Why do you think the Olympics goes through so much effort to capture and protect urine and blood samples? Because a secure specimen from a person at a point in time is the only true, valid source to determine what was in someone's body at a specific time.
  3. Brian McNamee was this good? Why Clemens stuck with McNamee for so long seems a bit bizarre, as does McNamee's perceived lack of success as a trainer. Clemens put up some incredible numbers after he started working with McNamee, winning Cy Young's and remaining a dominant force on the mound until he was 43 years old. It's hard to visualize how exactly McNamee produced such great results with Clemens, and Clemens obviously kept hiring him for years after his rape allegations and after being dismissed from the Yankees. Was he just good at shouting at you to get you to lift more? I've searched Google for an hour and can't find any details about his fitness training techniques and expertise.
  4. Double breasted suits. If you're going to wear one, then button it (Clemens) instead of leaving it loose (McNamee).
  5. Bud Selig. Again, the MLB Commissioner presided over the entire Steroids Era and has a new contract.
  6. Our reaction to Bonds vs Clemens hits squarely at how we fans form our opinions. Some may claim race is a factor, which can't be dismissed. I think the bigger difference though is that Bonds has always had an adversarial relationship with the media vs. Clemens, as well as Bonds had to break the iconic figure in baseball ground. If Clemens had been first, maybe he would have been criticized as much as Bonds has been vilified. I don't know.
  7. What would a short-term usage of HGH actually do? Is the premise for the use described that it somehow reinvented Clemens' workout capabilities and regimen? If the dates he received injections are accurate, then he had a big upswing in results with the Blue Jays (20-6, 2.65 ERA) but virtually no impact with the Yankees (13-8, 3.70 ERA).
  8. How do Pettitte and Knoblauch come out in all this? Remember that period of time when Knoblauch couldn't throw the ball to 1st base? It was as brutal a thing as I've seen in sports, with Rick Ankiel's pitching meltdown coming to mind as well as David Duval's collapse. What was his logic for using HGH? Pettitte seems like this really good friend who is also a bit of a wimp personally, a guy you would be hard-pressed to rely on. Maybe I'm wrong.
  9. Justifying cheating. All of these reasons for taking these drugs or providing them is just a bunch of denial and crap. McNamee is a drug dealer, and every person who used his products or those from one of his colleagues is a cheater. Steroids can be obtained from a physician if it is for treatment. My eldest son has taken steroids a couple of times when he's had bad flu bugs.
  10. Why do physicians prescribe HGH? Here is the answer given from a manufacturer of the drug, Eli Lilly: Pediatric Children, AIDS Wasting, Hypopituitarism, Adult HGH Human Growth Hormone Deficiency, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, And Currently there are hundreds of physicians prescribing HGH Human Growth Hormone for Anti-Aging programs, although there is still a lot of unanswered questions in regards to the safety of long term usage of HGH Human Growth Hormone. HGH is a hormone that grows humans, so it is for those who need growing. The first four conditions that Eli Lilly lists are severe problems, and this treatment is an aggressive protocol not to be taken lightly.
Sitting at the airport flying back to Dallas to head to Cincinnati/Kentucky first thing tomorrow morning. let me know what you think.


Blogger Gnome said...

I've already convicted both Clemens and Bonds in my mind. They're guilty guilty guilty cheaters. I'm not sure whether they should be in the Hall of Fame or not, but I'll say this: if one goes in, both should.
Out of all this, Mark McGwire is the only player who told the truth. I wish he wasn't ridiculed so much for using his constitutional right not to incriminate himself.
This is such a mess. I wish both MLB and the NFL would require players caught cheating to be suspended for a full season after a first offense, and I wish they'd be more aggressive in protecting the integrity of their games.
Blah blah blah. I'm sick of it. Let's move on and play some baseball.

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