Innocent until proven guilty?
Ok I get that. We all get that and anyone that actually read the post will understand that I was not saying Roger used, I’ve never said that. My comment was that as a fan, as someone that he made a major impact on, given the circumstances surrounding his personal trainer and the testimony he gave. I want him to find a way to make me believe he didn’t use. He doesn’t have to, he could care less what I think. As I stated when I posted the piece, it was my opinion and mine only.
I can only go on the information at hand, and the article below is written by someone I vaguely know but who obviously knows the ‘rat’ so many people have no trouble calling out. How is his integrity and credibility any more or less relevant than anyone else’s involved here?
This guy randomly threw two of the games best pitchers under the bus with no credibility? I am not giving more or less credibility to either side of this situation but as of today we have a guy who has a former player defending his credibility and integrity, and a current player admitting to the very thing this man testified to. The last part of this is the third person refuting any and all allegations.
In the court of public opinion our country is the exact opposite of innocent until proven guilty. That doesn’t make it right, but it does make it what it is. I am trying as hard as I can to rationalize the situation but I am wrestling with what I’ve heard, seen, and think with the reality of what’s out there.
What was your first thought when you saw OJ driving his Bronco down the freeway in a high speed chase?
You are right, it’s not on me to pass judgment, which I wasn’t, I was offering my opinion. This is my blog, I can do that. Please delete the link and stop searching for the site if you don’t care or hate me, it’s really that easy.
I stated it in the post, and some of you dopes still want to use that as a reason for the post itself. I am not even one ounce jealous of what Roger Clemens has achieved. Through this past week I’ve always been in awe of it. There isn’t a Clemens argument that’s been had in my presence that I was not 100% on his side of the table. Are you dumb enough or lacking other options to argue that you’d use that as a reason? I’ve been the 2nd man on the totem pole behind 3 of the best pitchers of my generation. Randy, Pedro and Josh.
I’m ok with that. I had my chance and my time. Those guys were, and are, better than me. That doesn’t pain me in any way to say, because it’s true. If you can’t get that I feel sorry for ya.
I am not preaching from a pulpit, I am talking from a vantage point of a player who understands the relationships that exist in this game between personal trainers and players, clubhouse guys and others. I am speaking from a vantage point of a player who has never in his life ingested HGH or steroids to enhance performance. I don’t cringe to admit to something that’s true and I have not done.
Anyone that’s looked at any of my past posts knows that I also have no issues admitting to being wrong or screwing up, it happens.
My post was my reaction to the Mitchell Report and my desire as a lifelong fan and pupil of Roger Clemens to have him clear his name. You can argue the innocent until proven guilty angle all day long, and legally you would be right, but like just about every single one of you I make opinions and judgments on people without seeing a court decision handed down.
Does Roger have to clear his name? Hell no he doesn’t. If he doesn’t care about the statements in the report and how they reflect on him then I don’t need to be the one to tell you he can do what he wants.
I want him to clear his name because I want to believe that everything he’s done has been because of the legendary work ethic and otherworldly skills he’s always possessed. I want him to clear his name because I selfishly want to be able to say the greatest pitcher of all time had a major influence on me on and off the field. His using PEDs, if it turns out to be the truth, will change my opinion of what he’s done and how he’s done it.
As far as taking back awards, I look at that in a simple fashion. We either move on, totally, and say that every number put up through the 2007 should be respected and held as a completely true reflection of the game, or you can piece meal who and what you think did what, when, and try and assess which are and are not real numbers. Or, you could say that any player caught cheating or admitting to it should have any statistics erased, any awards won rescinded from that period forward unless they can prove they were not using PED’s after they were caught. Their numbers would just go away. Would it create some weirdness? Sure it would. But going forward you would offer up that any player caught would be subject to mandatory testing from blood to urine if they wanted to have their achievements logged as real and be eligible for the hall of fame.
Take away all personal awards won by players caught cheating or that have admitted to use, one time. Re-gift all the personal awards (such as Canseco’s 88 MVP) to the runners up, and be done with it. Going forward you test as best as you possibly can within the confines of the CBA with players understanding a failure means not being eligible for awards or hall of fame consideration unless they can prove they are clean every month for the rest of their careers.
At the end of the day are you truly concerned you might offend someone that cheated?