Showing posts with label Congress. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Congress. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I'm Not Gonna Talk About Steroids

I will not be covering the Roger Clemens saga, like many other Yankee blogs. I'm not sure if Roger used, and right now, I really don't care. He's probably done playing baseball, so what does it matter? We can't change what has already happened. Why Congress has to get involved, I will never understand, but this whole thing has really become ridiculous.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Pettitte, Knoblauch and Radomski Dropped From Witness List

Congress recently decided not to make accused steroid users/dealers Chuck Knoblauch, Andy Pettitte and Kirk Radomski testify before Congress, because all they would do is distract everyone from the Clemens vs McNamee fight to the death. Presumably, the two will be given their choice of weapon, and the last man standing wins. But seriously, it is believed that Pettitte asked out of testifying because he did not want to implicate Clemens publicly. Regardless, one of these two men is lying to Congress, and hopefully, the truth will come out, and then one of them will likely be tried for perjury.

Friday, February 8, 2008

News and Notes

Random stuff from a slow news day:

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

McNamee Meets With Congress

Brian McNamee spoke in front of congress today, and gave evidence that he thought proves Roger Clemens' use of PEDs. He turned over vials, syringes and gauze pads to the feds. Earl Ward, his lawyer, said "This is evidence the government has that we believe will corroborate Brian in every significant way." The vials are said to contain traces of steroids and HGH, and the syringes and gauze pads are said to have Clemens' DNA on them. The syringes and gauze pads are from 2000 and 2001, and McNamee said he kept them because he feared Clemens would deny using steroids in the future. My question is, why did McNamee think that he would need to prove Clemens' use of PEDs? Was he planning on turning him in? This whole Clemens thing is beginning to get a little ridiculous.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Knoblauch Swindled by the Feds

The crafty Chuck Knoblauch was tracked down and by the Feds and will give his deposition on Friday. Andy Pettitte is booked for Wednesday also Roger Clemens will be interviewed on Feb. 5.

In other news The Captain held the fifth annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic at the Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa. The golf tournament included 26 foursomes and more than 25 friends and fellow celebrities such as Jorge Posada, Don Zimmer, Tino Martinez, Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Morgan Freeman, Greg Anthony, Allan Houston, Annika Sorenstam, and Natalie Gulbis.

D.J. had this to say

"It means a lot to have so many different people come out and give their support," said Jeter, who took ceremonial putts with each foursome as they made their way through the 17th hole. "It's pretty special to have all these celebrities take the time out of their busy schedules to come out here and show that they care."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Chuck Knoblauch Subpoenaed

Former Yankee and blog namesake Chuck Knoblauch has been subpoenaed by congress to give a deposition. So when congress invited Knoblauch to give deposition, that meant, of course, that he was invited to give deposition, unless he declined the invitation, in which case he would be forced to give deposition. Thank god for guys like Chuck. Congress must have been getting so bored with Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, etc., etc., etc.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Date Set for Clemens Deposition

From ESPN:

WASHINGTON -- Roger Clemens was asked by Congress to submit to a deposition or transcribed interview Jan. 26, more than two weeks before the House hearing where the pitcher and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, are to testify.

Letters were sent to Clemens, McNamee and three other people Friday by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Henry Waxman and ranking Republican Tom Davis.

The letters ask the witnesses to meet with committee staff on specific dates leading up to the panel's scheduled Feb. 13 hearing.

"The committee asks that you provide testimony about allegations in Senator George Mitchell's report ... that you and other Major League Baseball players used performance-enhancing drugs during your professional baseball career," Waxman and Davis wrote to Clemens.

Not much to say here.

Really?

I know this is a few days late, but a few days ago it was revealed that an increasingly large number of baseball players are using the ADHD drug Ritalin. The reason for this is that Ritalin can be obtained through a prescription, and act as a substitute for the banned substance amphetamines. The number of players who are prescribed Ritalin increased from 28 in 2006 to 103 in '07. I'm sorry, but I really don't see how Ritalin makes you better at baseball. Sure, maybe it gives you some extra energy before games, but don't coffee (legal) and energy drinks (legal) do the same thing? I am beginning to think that baseball players have become nothing more than junkies and Ritalin is just their latest fix.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Chuck Knoblauch Has Nothing to Hide

Chuck Knoblauch spoke today for the first time since being named in the Mitchell Report. He said, "I have nothing to defend, I have nothing to hide at the same time." Chuck will appear before Congress next month along with Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, and hopefully will tell them the same thing.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Yankees Doc Says: Clemens Didn't Do It

An interesting story from Khou.com

here it is

By Matt Musil / 11 News Sports

Dr. Fran Pirozzolo started his sports psychology practice in the mid-1980s.

He's counseled many big name athletes since then. He was the Astros team psychologist when Darryl Kile pitched his no-hitter and he worked with the Texans the team’s first four years.

However, from 1996 thru 2002, Pirozzolo was with the Yankees. Moreover, for three seasons he lockered beside Roger Clemens.

“I was with him a lot and I never saw anything illicit take place,” Pirozzolo said.

He said he used to play golf and workout with Clemens. He even took injections of B-12 and painkiller at the same time as him.

But he never saw anything involving steroids.

“Because of our close relationship, I would think he would have shared that with me, like some young players did,” said Pirozzolo. “And I would always tell them no.”

Pirozzolo maintains when Pettitte says he took human growth hormone, he was actually rehabbing at Yankee headquarters in Tampa:

“If he had any idea it was illegal, he wouldn't have done it,” said Pirozzolo. “That guy, he's so straight, he wouldn't even drink Red Bull.”

Pirozzolo says he knew of Brian McNamee when he was with the Yankees, but he never spent much time with him. The two people he did spend a lot of time with were Clemens and Pettitte. He said he developed a great deal of respect for their integrity and their work ethic. It’s a respect that he maintains today.

Now Clemens has at least one person backing him up


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Clemens' Hearing Pushed Back

The congressional hearing on Steroids featuring Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and others has been postponed for almost a month. Apparently, it is to give Congress time to collect more evidence. This is pretty insignificant, and the whole Clemens story has been beaten to death, but I felt I should at least mention it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Yankees News and Notes

Some Yankees' news you may not have heard:
  • Andy Pettitte has hired Sammy Sosa's lawyer, Jay Reisinger, for his congressional hearing on steroids. Looks like his strategy will be to pretend he can't speak english.
  • Miguel Cairo has signed with the Mariners to a one-year deal. I'm surprised the Dodger's didn't sign him so he can play every position on the field and not hit.