Thursday, December 13, 2007

Clemens and Pettitte

Now the NYTimes is reporting that Clemens and Pettitte will be on the list. Clemens seems inevitable since his career bottomed out like any aging pitcher until he began cheating. After seven seasons of winning 17 to 24 games per, in 1993 at the age of 30 he won 11 games, in 94 he won 9 games, in '95 he won 10 games and in '96 at the age of 33/34 he won 10 games. That fits the pattern of every other pitcher in baseball history: you hit your midThirties, you decline. Then magically in 1997 at the age of 34/35, he DOUBLED his winnings and 21 games, in '98 he won 20 (thank God he wasn't with us yes), then 14 in '99, 13 in 2000 (with a Yankees ring to show for it at the age of 37/38), 20 games in 2001 -- really, he was hitting 40 and pitching as good as ever after years of major decline. And during this remarkable renaissance, Andy Pettitte was right by his side, doing everything Roger did. As the devil in his ear, I won't forgive Roger for tempting Andy. But Andy's an adult and if he cheated, it will break my heart. Clemens was always a bum and I never liked him. But Andy? Good, wholesome Andy who should know better? Shame on him. I can forgive him off the field, but not on. And I'd love to see one person say, 'I cheated to gain an advantage because I wanted to win and wanted to succeed and knew everyone else was doing it.' Guillen's bold statement that he admitted it and made no excuses -- other than that he was following his doctor's orders -- is insulting. Today is going to be very depressing.

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