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Roger Clemens Comes Clean January 22, 2008

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My friend sent me a video of an exclusive interview with Roger Clemens coming clean and admitting he used steroids. Clemens holds nothing back in this interview.  Although this is not a real video, it’s certainly good for a laugh.

All Talk on the Clemens and McNamee Conversation January 8, 2008

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Roger Clemens’ press conference on Monday didn’t hurt Clemens, but it certainly didn’t help him either. It did however, offer a taped 17 minute conversation between Clemens and McNamee, which took place on January 4th. 

While listening to the conversation, the one thing that stuck out in my mind, occurred towards the end of the conversation.  There were a few instances where McNamee constantly asked Clemens what he wanted him to do.  Here are some of the excerpts:

Roger, Roger, tell me what the (expletive deleted) you want me to do. What do you want me to do. My son is dying. He’s 10.

Tell me what you want me to do. I told you in the (unintelligible). What do you want me to do? I’ll go to jail, I’ll do whatever you want.

Tell me what you want me to do. I’m firing my lawyers. I’m getting rid of everybody. I have nothing. What do you want me to do? My wife is gone. My kids are gone. What do you want me to do?

First and foremost, it’s safe to say that Brian McNamee is very close to losing it.  He sounded very distraught in the conversation.  I’m not sure why he would try to contact Clemens and I can’t figure out why he would offer to go to jail, as well as constantly ask Clemens what he wanted him to do.  I also believe, along with many other people, that Clemens could have done a better job of clearing his name. I’m aware of the fact that Clemens had to be very careful of what he said due to legal matters, but if he had no involvement with steroids, he should have simply told McNamee, “I did not do steroids and you lied.” 

 

Roger Clemens Sues Ex-Trainer January 7, 2008

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According to the Houston Chronicle, Roger Clemens has filed a defamation lawsuit against former friend and trainer Brian McNamee:

In a defamation lawsuit filed Sunday night, Roger Clemens claims Brian McNamee, his longtime trainer and chief accuser of steroid abuse, was threatened with jail if he didn’t connect the pitcher to steroids.

The lawsuit was filed electronically with the Harris County civil courts Sunday evening just before CBS locally aired Clemens’ interview on 60 Minutes.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever get the naysayers back. I don’t know what I’m going to get. Maybe some of my name back,” a frustrated Clemens said Sunday. Clemens said this lawsuit will not keep him from testifying before Congress, which he plans to do without asking for immunity or invoking any rights.

The former Houston Astro is being called to testify about McNamee’s allegations that the trainer injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormones between 1998 and 2001.

The lawsuit doesn’t request a specific dollar amount and Clemens’ Houston lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said they filed the suit not to get money, but to clear Clemens’ name and discover how the allegations against Clemens came about.

Hardin said they want to learn exactly what was done and not done by federal agents and other investigators who helped U.S. Sen. George Mitchell implicate Clemens in a report on steroid use for Major League Baseball.

“This has ruined Roger’s reputation with a large percentage of the public,” said Hardin.

“All of McNamee’s accusations are false and defamatory per se,” the lawsuit states. “They are not true, and they injured Clemens’ reputation and exposed him to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, and financial injury. McNamee made the allegations with actual malice, knowing they were false.”

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Fill in the Blank: Roger Clemens January 4, 2008

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My Thoughts on Joe Torre’s Departure from the Yankees October 19, 2007

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On Saturday, Joe Torre rejected a 5 million, one year deal offer from the Yankees.  The offer included a $3 million dollar bonus if the Yankees reached the World Series, and an $8 million dollar option for 2009 if the Yankees won the AL pennant.

Torre’s rejection of the offer comes after a Yankees’ disappointing performance against the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the AL playoffs.  When the Yankees trailed Cleveland in the series 2-0, Yankees’ Owner George Steinbrenner threatened to fire Torre if the Yankees were swept.

Now, Torre declining the Yank’s offer ultimately ends an amazing era for the Yankees.  During his 12 years as the manager of the Yankees, Torre led the team to four World Series, won 10 East AL titles, and had a record of 1,173-767. 

If I were Torre, I would have rejected the offer as well.  Although it still may have made him the highest paid manager in the league, offering a deal based on performance to one of the best managers to ever coach in the Major League is a disgrace to him and the entire Yankee organization.  After threatening to fire Torre during the playoffs, the Yankees should have showed they still wanted him to manage the team, and give him a multi -year deal, without the performance based incentives.

Torre leaving the Yankees, is like Red Auerbach leaving the Celtics. It’s just something that sports fans should never see happen.  His name was synonymous with the Yankees and he was the best possible manager for the team.  He’s what every team wants in their manager and a tough disciplinarian, but is also a player’s coach.  Most of all, he’s a proven winner that still knows how to get the best out of his players. 

This is something that is going to haunt the Yankees for years to come.  For Torre, it may have not been about the money and the deal, but maybe the amount of disloyalty shown by an organization that he has given so much to probably played a major role in his decision.  This is not only the end of Torre’s career with the Yankees, but is also an end of an era, and the end to the Yankees’ franchise as we know it.

Joe Torre Keeps His Job October 8, 2007

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Joe TorreWith the pressure of possibly losing his job, Joe Torre desperately needed a win against the Cleveland Indians to avoid a sweep.  On Saturday, George Steinbrenner stated that Joe Torre would be fired if he didn’t win the series against the Indians.

Sunday’s game looked like it was going to be the end for Torre and the Yankees.  The Yankees found themselves down 3-0 early in the game as Roger Clemens struggled against the Indians and made an exit in the third inning.

The Yankees were able to make a rally and came back to beat the Indians 8-4.  The savior of the Yankees’ season and Torres’ job was Johnny Damon.  Damon had three hits and drove in four runs, including a go ahead, three run homer, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead.  This gave the Yanks the momentum they needed to rally and come away with the win.  The Yankees still trail the  first round AL playoff series 2-1, but this victory might give the spark the club needs to win the series and ensure Torre keeps his job.

George Steinbrenner threatening to fire Joe Torre is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.  Given the success Torre has had with the Yankees, Steinbrenner should have shown more class, and not broadcast to the media that Torre would be fired if the Yankees were swept.  Torre can only do so much when one of your star players goes into hiding when post season comes around.  Alex Rodriguez goes from a superstar to a minor league player when the games matter the most.  Instead of threatening to fire Torre, maybe Steinbrenner should have threatened to take some of A-Rod’s money back.

 

Barry Bonds, Summer of Love: Part II October 4, 2007

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This is Part II, and the final installment of Mr. Insider’s “Barry Bonds, Summer of Love.”  

Barry Bonds, “Summer of Love” Part II

8-1-07 

 

Later, on June 11, I chatted with Barry as he stood on the dugout steps at AT&T Park.  As he returned to step down, I thanked him again for what my friend Larry Beil the Sportscaster calls “A Random Act of Kindness by Bonds”.  Barry looked at me, smiled and said, “No problem and you are welcome.”  He then missed a step, tripped and nearly fell into the dugout.  I was horrified, but he caught himself before flopping onto the cement!  I apologized for taking his attention and said, “Gee Barry, I can see the headline now.  Sports Columnist causes Barry Bonds to trip and pull a muscle. The writer’s body was later found floating in McCovey Cove”!  Bonds chuckled and replied, “No sir, it was my fault.  No problem, It was me, not you that tripped.  I’m ok.”

Friday the 13th.  Another perfect San Francisco evening with blue skies, white scudding clouds and 68 degrees.  Once again Barry was leaning against the dugout railing.  I approached him and said “How’re doing now”?  He shook my hand and replied, “Not bad for Friday the 13th.  How are you doing?”  Flummoxed, I stuttered that I was great!  I then asked, Barry, “Why do you seem more grounded, more comfortable, this season? I cannot imagine the pressure from expectation.”

“Yes, well, I am feeling good.  As long as I feel good I want to do this.  I dont have to do this.  I do it now because I want to now.”

I replied that it seemed a positive way to perform under the press, the hoopla and pure pressure by the sporting world.  Then asked if he would consider being a DH for the Athletics or AL in the future.

Laughing, Barry replied, “I don’t know.  Right now I really am doing what I want to do, as I said.  Can’t say at this point.  My focus is to stay healthy and help my team out of it’s slump.”

OK, but what about breaking the most hallowed record in sports?

“Well, there is someone coming right behind me who is pretty darned good.  A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) is a great talent and should be the next one to set the record.”

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Barry Bonds, Summer of Love: Part I October 3, 2007

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With Barry Bonds not coming back to the Giants, and the whole Mark Ecko publicity stunt, I’d figured we would show some love to one of the best sluggers in MLB history.  Mr.  Insider is a subscribed reader to All Talk Sports and is a rookie reporter for the Castro Valley Newspaper. During the Summer, he became good friends with Barry Bonds and wrote a two part series on his interactions with Bonds.  Here is part I of a 2 part series of Mr.  Insider’s “Barry Bonds, Summer of Love”. 

Barry Bonds, “Summer of Love” Part I

7-25-07

 

Photo Courtesy of Pete Liebowitz  

Mr. Insider and Barry BondsA spectacular Saturday at AT&T Park.  Crystal clear blue sky, sunny balmy 72 degrees.  What better time to reflect on Barry Bonds’ 2007 season than to listen to the “Summer of Love” Band entertaining an enthusiastic crowd.  Carlton Poward did an eerily perfect impression of legendary Jimi Hendrix, making Woodstock and 1967 seem as if they were yesterday.  Songs by the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Byrds and my favorite, The Mama’s and The Papa’s, flowered over the crowd as Barry Bonds stood at the dugout steps with his enigmatic smile.                                           

Next two weeks are about Barry, one of the best players of all time, and how I have come to know him.  No dwelling on performance enhancement, clubhouse politics or press relations.  This is about a baseball writer and his time with Barry Bonds.

The sporting world knows Bonds will eclipse the most hallowed record in sports, Hank Aaron’s 755 home runs. Today, Barry has done it or is just a few swings away from beating that record.  Well ahead of his Godfather Willy Mays’ 660 homers.  My opinion of this incredible athlete has changed.  Regardless of Bonds’ bashers, and there is plenty of ammo for them, here are a few thoughtful facts. Seven MVP awards, with no one else having four.  Only member of the 500 homers/500 steals Club.  14 All-star games, homers off a record 443 pitchers, 3rd in runs scored just behind Ty Cobb and Ricky Henderson, with a lifetime slugging percentage of .608

The next two weeks, you decide who is the real Barry Bonds.  He is a complex man.  One day an orge, the next charming.  One day throwing carts in the clubhouse, the next praying with Rev. Jesse Jackson, one day introverted, the next sharing studied insights about the game of baseball, its history, and its stage actors.  He is one of those actors.

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Horrible Play of the Month: Major Mark Mallory October 1, 2007

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It was supposed to be a very special day for the Cincinnati Reds. The weather was perfect at Great American Ball Park, and there was that usual sense of excitement among the fans on every Opening Day. 

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory was given the honor to throw the opening pitch and former Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Eric Davis was the catcher.  Mallory proceeded to step to the mound and then..

 

Gilbert Arenas’ Message to Mark Ecko September 30, 2007

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Gilbert Arenas is pretty upset at Mark Ecko’s decison to put an asterisk on Barry Bond’s 756th homerun ball.  Here is what Arenas had to say: 

I normally don’t get into conversations like this, but this kind of hit a nerve in my body as an athlete. This whole Marc Ecko buying the Barry Bonds ball to put an asterisk over it:

I just think it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.

Who are you as a person to take away somebody’s legacy because you don’t like him as a person? Forget that he is Barry Bonds and forget his records. He was “alleged” of doing steroids. This is America, just because you’re “alleged” of doing something doesn’t mean he actually did it and until he is proven guilty, you shouldn’t have the right to be the judge and jury.

Just because you have the money don’t go buying up people’s history to destroy it. If you’re going to get Barry Bonds’ ball, why don’t you go get Mark McGwire’s homerun balls that got put into the Hall of Fame and Sammy Sosa’s corked bat too?

He was “alleged” of doing steroids. I don’t think as a fan of sports that you have the right to taint this man’s legacy.

This man has a kid. When his kid grows up he’s going to hate you as a person because you decided to be this super, superhero to go put an asterisk sign over his dad’s legacy.

I just felt appalled by it because, what if somebody decides to ban the hyperbaric chambers tomorrow? Everybody knows that I used the hyperbaric tent last year and I scored 60 points against the Lakers during the season I was using the tent. Now, the Hall of Fame has my shoes from that game. What if somebody decides to take my shoes and put an asterisk sign on them now?

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