Congratulations to Goose Gossage, whose achievements looked better and better with the passing of the years. And you know I love his straight talk on steroids and other ways of cheating. Gossage said any players who had used performance enhancers “need to come clean and put an end to this” to avoid further tarnishing the sport.
“What we have here at stake is the greatest part of the game, the history of it,” he said. “They can’t allow steroids or anything to get in the way of the history of the game.”
He also said, “I think that it’s kind of weird that these guys had some of their most productive years when guys in the history of the game, their talents were diminishing as they got older,” Gossage said. “And, these guys, it didn’t happen that way. So we’ll just have to wait and see what these guys come clean and finally put an end to this.”
Exactly. Clemens wonders why he is guilty until proven innocent. But he's been given the benefit of the doubt for a decade, despite the rumors and whispers and freakish stats where he pitched better in his late thirties than at any other time of his career. But when hard evidence from a witness that has proven accurate and consistent, a witness who would be the one person to know, came out, then Clemens was deemed guilty by the public. It's not a rush to judgment: it's years of speculation followed by an 18 month investigation.