Wednesday, February 13, 2008
MLB: Pettitte Buries Clemens with the Truth
Here we go again with the damn congressional hearings? Aside from the fact that the media is dragging this issue out to nauseating extremes, shouldn't we question the congressional involvement?
The misconduct of the congressional committee is layered beyond what one might assume. Beneath the surface of this wasteful and unnecessary hearing is their childish and unprofessional conduct in the week leading up to todays proceedings. While anticipating questions from members of the 40-person committee, Clemens and his lawyers solicited the aforementioned cohort in their offices and willingly provided autographs and shared friendly banter. Shouldn't this be a purely ethical pursuit for justice and honest conclusions rather than a few old timers glad-handing a legend?
More importantly, does anyone actually need the findings of this hearing to draw their conclusions on Roger Clemens guilt? As I write (at 10:11am) I remain highly skeptical that anything said in front of congress this morning will exonerate Clemens in light of the overwhelming evidence supporting the contrary. In fact, I am glued to the TV solely in anticipation of Rogers' admission of guilt (or enraged physical assualt on McNamee, whichever you feel more likely).
Growth hormone (or human growth hormone, HGH) has been likened to the fountain of youth by medical and academic professionals. It promotes muscle building and decreases body fat while facilitating increased recovery and improving energy metabolism. Do these sound like characteristics that might be associated with a sudden and pronounced resurgence in an aging athletes' career? HGH helps fuel your muscles by increasing glucose uptake, has an anabolic effect in trained athletes, and works particularly effectively when coupled with anabolic steroids like the deca-durabolin and winstrol Clemens allegedly received via injection from Brian McNamee.
Irrespective of these damning congruencies above lies the testimony of close friend and former teammate, Andy Pettitte. Exposing the cards previously tucked tightly to his pinstripes Pettittes' honest and forthcoming deposition ultimately crushed Clemens claims of innocence. The affidavit courtesy of Pettitte not only corroborated the claims of Brian McNamee directly, but also enhanced the detail in which congress and the public can use to come to judgment with numerous statement implicating Clemens and performance enhancing drugs.
To watch Roger refute these facts in front of congress with babbling and manufactured words is laughable. His guilt is worn on his face, documented in the Mitchell Report and now in a nationally televised congressional hearing. Roger Clemens now officially joins Pete Rose among baseball superstars with an eternally tainted legacy proving that the one thing fans hate more than a cheater, is a liar.