12
May
09

Roger Clemens: Full of Shit?

That he is an accomplished baseball player is not in question. From his Wikipedia page:

While he has two championship rings with the 1999-2000 Yankees, Clemens has also been on the losing end of four World Series (1986 Red Sox, 2001 and 2003 Yankees, and 2005 Astros), which is tied with Tom Glavine and John Smoltz (who were both on the Braves when they lost the ’91, ’92, ’96 and ’99 World Series) for the most among active players.

In 1999, while many of his performances and milestones were yet to come, he ranked number 53 on The Sporting News‘ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was elected by the fans to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 2005, the updated Sporting News list moved Clemens up to #15.

By the end of the 2005 season, Clemens had won seven Cy Young Awards (he won the AL award in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, and 2001, and the National League award in 2004), an MVP and two pitching triple crowns. With his 2004 win, he joined Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martínez as the only pitchers to win it in both leagues and became the oldest pitcher to ever win the Cy Young. He has also won The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award five times, was named an All-Star 11 times, and won the All-Star MVP in 1986.

In October 2006, Clemens was named to Sports Illustrated‘s “all-time” team.[55]

On August 18 2007, Roger Clemens got his 1,000th strikeout as a Yankee. He is only the ninth player in major league history to record 1,000 or more strikeouts with two different teams. Clemens has recorded a total of 2,590 strikeouts as a member of the Red Sox and 1,014 strikeouts as a Yankee. Of his nearly quarter century in the Major Leagues, 13 years have been spent with the Red Sox and 5 with the New York Yankees.

Pretty impressive.  However, there are lots of “big names” that have been pinched with inolvement or use of steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. “With many fans believing allegations that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner used performance-enhancing drugs, he’s now attempting a different strategy. Clemens hired a firm that guides high-profile figures through public relations crises, and Tuesday he broke his silence with a radio appearance.” Story. Basically, he got kinda caught, acted like a total ass, gave an unconvincing performance before Congress, clammed up for a year, currently faces a grand jury ivestigation to see if he actually lied to Congress, had sex with an underage country singer, and has now hired Levick Strategic Communications to “clean up” his image.

Clemens said he chose to speak out because of the release date of a book about his alleged drug use. “It’s important for me to do that,” he said. “I’ve seen excerpts of the book and they’re completely false. … You know, guys, it’s piling on. It’s hurtful at times. But I’m moving on.” Moving on generally doesn’t involve stitting the shit back up. It’s over, man. Wormer dropped the big one. Ask Mark McGuire. He might have used performance enhancing substances, though he has never admitted to or been convicted of any steroid use, many of his accomplishments, particularly his historic home run surge late in his career, have come into question due to his connection to the steroid scandal in Major League Baseball. Despite being under a cloud of suspicion for years, McGwire has repeatedly refused to discuss his involvement, or lack thereof, with steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. Still, he will likely never make it to the baseball hall of fame.

And neither will Roger Clemens. He’s so full of shit that he’ll also be sitting outside the hall forever. Roger screwed up and nobody will probably ever know the full extent of the screw-up(s). Maybe Roger should listen to his own words and let it go?

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