Welp, that about wraps it up for Roger Clemens
I got what I wanted out of the Mitchell Report. The entire 400 some-odd pages were totally devoid of any big surprises, but Clemens being plastered all over it more than makes up for that. The best part so far has been seeing sportswriters squirm and try to defend Clemens — many the same guys who were quick to crucify Bonds. Also, the majority of these hypocrites seem to be on ESPN’s payroll. It’s pretty disgusting. I was glad to hear Chris “Mad Dog” Russo call them out yesterday on WFAN. If you’re going to vilify Bonds, you can’t act differently towards Clemens. Anyone with half a brain should’ve suspected Clemens for a while now, but instead ESPN has been celebrating every win Clemens has gotten over the past few years and touting him as the greatest pitcher since World War II. The reality is Greg Maddux needs only seven wins next year to pass him.
I wrote up this entry only a few hours ago and mentioned the Andy Pettitte factor. Well, Pettitte has just admitted to using HGH on two occasions while he was recovering from an elbow injury in 2002. Clemens is totally screwed now. I can’t see how anyone could believe his denials now. Everyone knows how close the two became and how they worked out together and how Pettitte revered Clemens. If Pettitte took HGH, I have no doubt it was upon recommendation from his idol and good friend. Unlike Clemens, though, Pettitte is a man, and men own up to their mistakes. He also took HGH when it wasn’t even outlawed by the MLB yet. Meanwhile, Clemens is an asshole who is a habitual steroid user and now he’s going to pay the price.
So can we say that it’s officially between Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez for “pitcher of our generation”?
And between Bonds and Clemens for “cheater of our generation”?