First let me say that I as a Boston Red Sox fan, Roger will always have my respect in the sense that he certainly played his heart out here. I will always appreciate that.
Now onto my soap box....
Is this guy for real? I mean seriously. First lets cover the fact that Henry Waxman, the Chairman didn't want to have this hearing, but it was at the request of Roger Clemens to defend himself that they decided to do so. So, they have the hearing and if I might just say that I was uttlerly disappointed and sickened with the Republican Senators. I have never seen such @ss kissing in my entire life. I thought the point of any hearing is to ask those pertinent and hard nosed questions, not to dance around the subject and be worried about whether or not he is going to "heaven". We knew this was going to be a He said - He said debate, but I really didn't think that Roger would bring his steep pockets and influencial friends to the party. After watching the republicans simply cater to his every whim, and hug he and his wife after the hearing, there can only be one answer: Roger used his friendship with George HW Bush to influence the republican senators. DISGUSTING. When a murderer goes on trial, you don't see the jury or the judge get up and hug the defendant. Not that Roger ever killed anyone, but I digress....
Second how is he going to expect any of the American public to believe that he isn't lying when this is the same guy that when he threw the bat at Mike Piazza's head, his excuse was: I thought it was the ball. After watching that play 8 years ago, I knew then Roger Clemens was a jerk. Obviously you knew it wasn't because if it you really felt that way, like Al Leiter said, you would have thrown it to Tino Martinez. Besides, he got fined $50K.
Now onto McNamee...I feel for him in all of this, but I am not taking his side. My opinion is that in the beginning he lied to investigators to protect his bread and butter...Roger Clemens. You know the old cliche...Never bite the hand that feeds you. I understand why he lied at first. If you have a meal ticket, why would you want to take a risk and most likely lose that payout. I get it...but for me...I couldn't lie. There is always a chance that your integrity would come into question later on if it comes to haunt you and my integrity is everything.
This is going to hurt saying this, but the only person I found credible and honest is Andy Petitte. Even though he is a Yankee, I actually respect him a hell of a lot more for telling the truth in this whole messed up case. I still hope that his ERA is 6.35 but, as a human being I think he is one hell of a guy.
I think we in America are a forgiving society and if Roger would have just come out and said I did it and I regret it. We as American's would have gotten over it. I mean I have already forgiven Jason Giambi, even though he is a Yankee. I respect him more as a person.
All I know is that I just want to be done with this steroid hearing stuff and hope that the Red Sox win again...lol.