Thursday, May 01, 2008
What do O.J. Simpson and Roger Clemens have common: well at least you can presume The Juice likes older women. Now I'm not an O.J. apologist: the man butchered two innocent people and got away with premeditated murder; but Clemens' actions border on the unthinkable. Inviting a then 15-year Melinda McCready to your hotel room. Shame, shame, shame, that ought not to be. In a paradox, Clemens filed a defamation lawsuit against ex trainer, Brian McNamee. Roger claims McNamee dragged Clemens' name into the mud by accusing him of taking steroids. After signing autographs, Clemens testified before a congressional delegation that his reputation as a family man had been ruined. Clemens' long time friend, Andy Pettitte, acknowledged his improper role in the affair while implicating Roger as well. Yet like his blinding fastball, Clemens tries to give everyone the slip. In my opinion, Roger Clemens has always been a bully. As a Yankee, he intentionally threw at the head of catcher, Mike Piazza. At 6'4, 220 lbs, Clemens was a menacing figure who dared anyone to charge the mound and back him down. In a highly publicized rematch, Piazza stepped into the batters' box, and Roger threw high and tight...cracking Piazza's bat. A spineless Piazza departed with Roger mocking him all the way to the dugout. This was a vintage image of a conceited man: Scoffing, and perhaps thinking that nothing can go wrong. Yet in a bit of irony the bible says, "What ever is done in the dark, will come to light, and a day to man is as a thousand years to God." Well Roger, it looks like some one's finally caught up to your fastball.