This is bold for sure.
So many young kids desperately seeking role-models. Someone to believe in. Someone that will believe in them. Someone who will share and live truth. Someone that can be trusted. Even though most of us will never be famous in the world's eyes, each of us can be a tender warrior, living for Christ and allowing Him to live through us.
There is so much weight being given to the testimony of a bitter trainer who is singing to save his own carcass. If my understanding is correct, there is no evidence against Clemens except for this guy's word. That doesn't cut it. As ambivalent as I am about baseball, it makes me mad that some smarmy trainer and an ex politician/lawyer can screw up so many people's lives.
J- you got it exactly right. Only Brian McNamee's testimony stands as "evidence". The guy is definitely a slimeball, so it is interesting that Mitchell chose to focus so heavily on Clemens with so little evidence.What makes me suspicious of Clemens is the admission of his good friend Andy Pettite. These guys train with McNamee and spend tons of time training and hanging together. Pettite uses but Clemens doesn't? Ever? Wierd.I do think Mitchell, a BoSox director, would love to hang Clemens. The BoSox hate the Yanks, and even more- they hate Clemens. Discrediting him and justifying their letting him go is important to them.
I haven't been following this very closely but it was my understanding that Pettite admitted to using HGH back in 2002 before it was even prohibited, to recover from an injury. If that's true, then Pettite did absolutely nothing wrong. The jury is still out on HGH (many reputable docs swear by it)and if trainers thought it was the best thing to use to heal, then I don't even know why McNamee or or Mitchell had any reason to mention it at all. If someone pasty-faced bureaucrat decided tomorrow that Icy-hot and advil were illegal performance enhancers and someone used one on a sprained ankle in 1987 is congress going to drag them before a panel too? This whole thing stinks to high heaven.
J-You raise good points. I'm not saying figuring this out is easy. The whole era is tainted. It's going to get more and more complex as various players start explaining what they did, how much, etc. Clemens, here, however, is extremely bold. Man, I hate liars more than Steroid cheaters...I'm so confused....(wiping tears away)Your last sentence is all too true.
I know medicine has many advances but it is difficult for me to believe or understand why so many athletes can perform well into their late 30's and early 40's today, yet could not do this 30-50 years ago. Of course, I still remember a televised game many years ago that flashed a picture of Hank Aaron in a Milwaukee Brewer uniform smoking a cigarette between innings so maybe yesterday's athlete had too many bad habits). Either the talent today is too 'watered-down' due to more teams, poor work ethic, etc. or they are all cheaters. I tend to believe the later more than the former.
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