Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Roger Clemens Trial: Barf!

Mike Luckovich/Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Does anyone give a sh** about the Roger Clemens perjury trial?

As fans we are trying to move on from the sickening steroids scandal and yet every time we read the sports pages or go to a major sports website there it is-- some article about the current Clemens trial sprinkled in with the latest sport's headlines. And this is just a few months after we were forced to digest the Barry Bonds trial.

I don't know about anyone else but to me it's sickening already.

The Clemens trial is basically a "he said, he said" fiasco. It's Clemens word against former trainer Brian McNamee's word. Clemens says McNamee never injected him with steroids, McNamee says he did. Apparently, Congress believed McNamee because they are dragging Clemens to court on perjury charges. It's that simple.

Barf! Sorry, excuse me.

Anyway, since I'm writing about this never-ending "beef" in baseball, might as well make the post a little longer--

John Cole/The Times-Tribune
Based on the Hall of Fame balloting over the past 5 years, it's obvious the shady characters (Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, etc.) who symbolize the Steroid Era have been ostracized by sports writers and many fans for that matter. Grant it, they still have their supporters but not enough to get any of them into the Hall of Fame.

The ring-leader, McGwire, who has been Hall of Fame-eligible for 5 years, has fallen WAY SHORT of the required 75% needed for enshrinement. His tally looks like this: 23.5% (2007), 23.6% (2008), 21.9% (2009), 23.7 % (2010), 19.8% (2011) and shrinking. NOT GOOD!

Palmeiro, the next suspect to become eligible, ONLY got 11.0% in 2011, his first year of eligibility. A 3000-hit, 500-home run man only getting 11%? Most definitely-- NOT GOOD!

Bonds, Clemens and Sosa become eligible in 2013 and I'm sure, heck, I'm 100% positive, the same fate awaits them. NOT GOOD!

My theory is-- if you're going to ostracize one of them, then you ostracize ALL of them. If one gets in, then all should get in. That simple. And based on McGwire and Palmeiro's ostracism, things look bleak for Bonds, Clemens and Sosa in 2013.

Heck, Say It Ain't So Sammy can't even go to the Windy City, where he was once called "King", without having to wear a disguise. Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit. Or maybe not! In Sosa's own words, "The Cubs threw me into the fire. They made people believe I'm a monster." Most definitely-- NOT GOOD!

Jeff Parker-toons
So based on the balloting, there's no question the voters are sending a TOUGH message to those who are perceived as cheaters. The sad part about this whole mess is, those guys would have had Hall of Fame numbers WITHOUT having to stick a needle up their you know what. Well, except maybe Sosa.

Anyway, just saw a USA Today headline on the Clemens trial-- I need to go barf!


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