I was sent this Clemens article from the Utica Observer-Dispatch this morning. And I feel kind of bad criticizing it. I mean making fun of someone who writes for the O-D is like searching out a paraplegic to race against. But here goes anyways.
Rarely will I recommend listening to anyone named Goose.
If nothing else, the senseless rants of Fox NFL broadcaster Tony Siragusa make that a standing order. But Rich Gossage proved last week that thoughtful comments can come from people with silly nicknames.
Somewhere, Coco Crisp is rejoicing.
Simply put, Goose told baseball’s steroids suspects to come clean.
If the Mitchell Report proved nothing else, it showed the problem is widespread.
Actually it didn’t really prove that at all. It had two primary sources, both who were based primarily in New York. I mean I am fairly certain the problem was widespread. But that’s precisely why the Mitchell Report is a joke.
Guys like Andy Pettitte and Brian Roberts fessed up and admitted dabbling with the dark side, and many fans quickly forgave them.
Too bad Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens are unable to learn the same lesson.
So then, I assume you think Clemens did it?
Gossage admitted during his Hall of Fame news conference what many players of his generation must be thinking: With all the money to be made in baseball, it would be tough to not explore every option for staying in the game.
Clemens alone has made about $60 million since he turned 40, setting his kids and grandkids up for the rest of their lives. That’s no excuse for cheating, but it takes a strong person to walk the right path.
It takes someone even stronger – someone like Gossage – to admit the power of temptation.
What are you even saying here? Gossage is pretty much insane. Look, I like the guy and I’m happy he’s in the hall of fame. But in the same interview, he said that anyone who used any PEDs should have their numbers and awards removed from the game. Which is obviously an idiotic stance because it’s impossible on multiple levels, as well as pointless. No sooner had he said that though, he said if he played during the “steroid era,” he would “probably have tried them.” Nothing about any of that makes any sense. And that’s fine, he’s a retired baseball player, he doesn’t have to make sense. But let’s not act like he’s spitting out words of wisdom like a modern day Ghandi.
Congress has pushed back its hearings with Clemens and former trainer Brian McNamee until February, giving government lawyers more time to dig up the facts. But it also gives Clemens more time to think about his legacy.
No one expects these ballplayers to be perfect. But it is reasonable to expect them not to lie.
Forgiveness – and a trip to Cooperstown – await those who can listen to a Goose.
So Clemens will be admitted into the HOF if he says he did use PEDs? While I actually agree he should be, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who agrees with that. And you know who definitely won’t agree? Some HOF’er named Goose.