Hey Roger… Settle

If Roger Clemens gets another trial, and I am using my intense and knowledgeable legal mind to say that he will, it will be in the fall.

You know, when the pennant races are going on and leading up to the playoffs.

Won’t that make Bud Selig happy?

Now usually I am in favor of anything that angers Bud Selig (I’m not Bud’s biggest fan.)

But I for one don’t want to see this trial.
What is to gain by it?
Did Clemens lie?
Of course he did. Everyone on the planet Earth knows it.
Is it bad to lie to Congress? Sure, but they lie enough to US in return.
Does Congress have bigger fish to fry?
Sure. I’d like to see them talk to people who helped bankrupt the country, destroy the housing market and allow fecal matter to be served in fast food.
And I don’t care how much you hate Clemens (I’m actually not a Clemens hater… I grew up a huge Clemens fan.) Do you REALLY want to see him in jail?
Is that the latest chapter you want written in baseball? Clemens in an orange jump suit?
Clemens’ punishment is going to be banishment from the Hall of Fame. He’s not getting in. I’d vote for him, but I’m a big softy. They’ll be enough writers who will take him to the woodshed.
The Steroid Era is almost over. The remaining big juicers in the league are winding down (even A-Rod is breaking down now.) A new era and new stars are emerging.
You can end all of this Roger.
You got lucky. The prosecution was dumber than Grady Little and let you walk.
And the judge reminded everyone that jail time was on the line.
Take your good luck and strike a deal.
A plea bargain and all this will go away.
No trial.
No dragging ugliness into the court.
No public discussions of shooting lord knows what into your Hall of Fame ass.
We all know you are a tough competitor. But show some dignity.
Settle.
End this.
Bonds’ trial ended and that will fade into oblivion.
Strike a deal.
Nobody wants this. And guess what? If you strike a deal now, it will go a long way to your rehabilitation.
If Pete Rose came clean in 1989, he’d be in the Hall of Fame right now. The whole gambling thing would be an embarrassing footnote to a great career.
Instead he dragged it out and made it worse by confessing only after he turned it into a pay day.
Settle now and maybe in 5, 6 or 7 years it will blow over.
People will realize you were a great player before you mysteriously ballooned up while hanging out with steroid distributors and Jose Canseco. People won’t mind as much that Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch confirmed Brian McNamee’s version of the story.
Settle now and by 2020 you will be a Hall of Famer. Sure you will dangle in the voting for a few years. Ask your old teammate Jim Rice how that felt. I bet he forgot, do you know why? BECAUSE HE’S IN THE HALL OF FAME!!!! He’s an immortal. He’s a Greek God now.
Settle… do the right thing for baseball and eventually your legacy.
Settle because this will only end badly if you don’t.

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Maybe I should have been a lawyer

Look, most of what I know about being a lawyer I know from watching Jack McCoy in Law and Order.

But I do know one thing… if something has been declared inadmissible as evidence, you don’t bring it up at trial.

The judge in the Clemens case said a First Year Law Student would know that.
Screw that. I’m a Film School graduate and I know that!

Between the Casey Anthony trial and the Roger Clemens trial WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH PROSECUTORS?

Seriously, you think you are going to go after a high profile client in a public case, you’d make sure you’d cross all your T’s and dot all your I’s before you go in there.

This was over so fast that the sketch artist could barely finish one picture.

What does this mean?

It can’t be double jeopardy, can it?

We didn’t even get to hear how Clemens was going to blame everyone but himself for the use of steroids and HGH… including blaming his wife!

Nice job prosecutors. You think a slick guy like Rusty Hardin was going to be taking a nap when you played that tape?

Now, I have no idea how this trial will resume or if there will be a new one.
But we all know what happened…. and like when I talked about Barry Bonds at a barbecue, the burden of proof is obviously very low here.

Roger Clemens wanted to prove to the world (and by “the world” I mean “Dan Duquette”) that he wasn’t done when his Red Sox career ended.

And while he had one year that he basically willed himself to greatness, reality and physics trumped willpower and 35 year old pitchers tend to slip.

Enter old teammate Jose Canseco and trainer Brian McNamee and suddenly willpower could be injected.

Seriously, why would McNamee be telling the truth about Pettitte and Knoblauch (both who confirmed it) but not Clemens who was the big Alpha Dog?

Sure McNamee saved the needles. He was a former cop and he knew something like this could help him if he were in trouble.

Sure he lied early on. These trainer/’roids distributors are hangers on who look to be taken care of by their rich clients for their loyalty.
Don’t believe me? How long does Greg Anderson have to sit in jail before you realize how much loyalty means to these guys.

McNamee even took the bullet in that sketchy “was it a sexual assault? Was it not?” night in Florida in 2001 that is being brought up. Why? To protect the Yankees player or coach who had relations with the woman earlier that night.

It’s all consistent.
And he lied right up until the point where he realized he might go to jail for lying.

Anderson did. McNamee didn’t.

And that’s why the Bonds thing ended and the Clemens case is going on. (That and the fact that Bonds knew when to keep his mouth shut and Clemens is too bull headed to do so.)

Clemens side doesn’t make any sense.

A trainer gave him B12 shots… and that caused an abscess that B12 doesn’t cause but steroids do?

He works out and trains with a guy who is on his payroll who gave Pettitte, Knoblauch AND Clemens’ wife juice but NOT Clemens?

Clemens body just HAPPENS to balloon up and he just HAPPENS to increase velocity in his late 30s around the time that he is in Toronto with a steroid distributing trainer who he swears by and Jose Canseco who has injected everything except Windex into his ass?

None of it makes sense.

All I know is everything I read in the book American Icon makes 100% sense to me.

Then again, the burden of proof at Barnes and Nobles is pretty low as well.

I can’t prove it in a court of law.
That’s not my job.
Maybe it should have been.

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Barry Bonds shows that I shouldn’t write blog posts in advance

I had a blog post written for when Bonds was totally acquitted on all charges ready to post the second it was announced.

WHOOPS!

OK, it’s not like the Government’s case was any good and they got him on obstruction of justice. (Sadly not obstruction of David Justice who scored the tying run on Francisco Cabrera’s hit.)

This was the least satisfying ending to this trial. They found the one verdict that satisfied nobody. Is Bonds guilty? Yup. Will be get in trouble? Yup.

So Bonds apologists can’t say “He was never found guilty.”

But Bonds opponents won’t be able to say “See! He DID take ‘roids! They proved in a court of law.”

Nope.
What we’ve got is a whole lot of nothing and no conclusion and the promise that the steroids discussion will keep going on forever.

Yeah yeah yeah. I know. He wasn’t on trial for taking roids. He was on trail for LYING about taking roids and perjury.

But if you will excuse me, I am going to pick apart that unreleased blog post and see what part of it I can still use.

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