Honest Mike

February 16, 2008

You can always count on Admiral Timlin for a straight–and detailed–answer.

Question: Have you ever been offered performance-enhancing drugs?

“No, never have. But since I never had that chance to say no, I don’t know if I would have said no. Before they had steroid testing, there had always been, in any sport, a closed-door policy. What goes on back there, goes on back there. To a certain extent, things stay that way, but when you have things like [Roger Clemens’ and Brian McNamee’s congressional hearing], it doesn’t. Everybody wants people to be honest. We all make mistakes. We all screw up. We all sin. We all cuss. Nobody is going to hold that against you usually until you try to hide it. ‘I didn’t do this, I didn’t do this, I didn’t do this. I don’t care what you say, I still didn’t do it.’ Well, some people saw you do it and you still say you didn’t do it. ’Fess up. That’s all somebody is going to look for. Be honest in the beginning and we’ll forgive you.”

He also referred to Andy Pettitte:

“Andy Pettitte didn’t have to say he used it again, but he did. And his account, what was said in the hearing, was, ‘I don’t have to give an account to you. I have to give an account to God.’ That’s the whole thing. You have to be honest. At the end, it doesn’t matter what we think of each other, it’s what God thinks of you and how you lived your life. He used it, as he said he used it, in probably the same way I would have used it had I had the availability to it, through an elbow injury, trying to rehab your shoulder or your knee, or whatever your injury. Because it does help you get back to where you were at 25. There are cells throughout your body that are receptive to it and it’s going to give you a youth feel.”

Clemens, McNamee Hearing

February 13, 2008

I got home early today, so I’m going to put up some interesting bits I gather from MLB.com’s live stream. There’ll be periodic updates.

2:41: It’s over now. The closing remarks called the comments made throughout the hearing “robust”, and that was… um… one way to put it. MLB.com’s commenters just said the same thing. It was pretty heated, and there were a lot of people–a few congressmen and one congresswoman, I noted, especially–who wanted to talk for more time than they were allowed. It almost reminded me of debates in my history class, where some kids couldn’t care less and others were completely into it.

2:31: Congressman Shays and another congressman (I missed who–stupid finicky volume) just blatantly called McNamee a drug dealer. Several times. The second congressman also asked why McNamee had said that he was simply catering to athletes even when McNamee knew the things he was being asked to do were fully illegal. McNamee didn’t really give a satisfactory answer.

2:12: Clemens just read a statement from his wife saying that McNamee had approached her (she was not sure when, exactly, it was), while Roger was not around, and mentioned that HGH could be used to retain youthfulness. He asked if he could give her a “test shot”, and she said yes. He left to go to the airport, and later thta night, had troubles with circulation. She trusted him because he was a professional with a PhD. Clemens said she was “broken up over this. For–a long time.” He also said she feels like “a pawn”.

1:42: Rep. Bruce Braley just asked Clemens if he was anemic, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, senile, (that got some chuckles from the room), vegetarian, or vegan. He denied the first three but paused after vegan and confessed he didn’t know what “vegan” was. (The question was posed to ask why Clemens might have taken B12, which is mostly prescribed for people with these conditions.)

Around 1:20:

“This man has never given me HGH or growth horomone.”

Human growth hormone or growth hormone, Mr. Clemens? You’re quite sure?


February 1, 2008

In the wonderful words of Pants Optional,

Remember that time we stayed up till like 6 in the morning during the Winter Meetings expecting a deal to get down? Remember when the Twins got Lester’s medicals and we thought it was done? Remember the never-ending doldrums since? Ahhh, good times.

Yes. I do remember. I stayed up quite late (not really 6 AM, but between 2 and 4–and then got up at 6:30 for school) for three nights in a row and left believing a deal would go down within maybe a week. I actually first heard about it in late November. Now it’s late January and the deal deadline is tomorrow at 5 PM.

Cue teeth-gnashing.

I just hope the freakin’ thing is resolved within the next 17 or so hours. It’s been months and this is all the baseball talk I’ve had to cling on to… except for the whole steroids controversy (to which I say: “SHUT UP, MR. CLEMENS.”).

14 days until pitchers and catchers report.