Roger Clemens: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Heather StidhamCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2008

I have refrained from commenting on the Roger Clemens situation because I honestly feel that the steroids era should just be left alone.


Why do we like to tarnish the game? Many journalists can find nothing better to do than pit fans against “alleged” steroid users. They insist on regurgitating the issue of steroids over and over and over again. It is just plain silly.

The players and fans are no different. All that anyone seems to talk about is who used, who didn’t, and who lied about using. When, truth is, nobody really knows for sure what went down behind closed doors.  Did your favorite player use steroids? Who knows?

The only reason that I feel compelled to comment on this situation is because of the report that photos have surfaced showing Clemens at a party he swears he never attended. Sure, the photos could be fake or from a different occasion, but, if they are authentic, then Clemens is done.

I wanted to give Clemens the benefit of the doubt when the Mitchell Report came out. I really did. I wanted him to clear his name, and I wanted to be able to wear my Clemens jersey in public again, but I just don’t see it playing out that way.  

Do you honestly expect me believe that Brian McNamee injected Debbie Clemens in her bedroom and Clemens had no first-hand knowledge of it?


First of all, why was McNamee in her bedroom alone at all? Second, why didn’t Clemens kick his behind when he found out?

I know two things for sure—Clemens is either innocent or the stupidest man alive. There is no in between. If Clemens really is this stupid, then he deserves to be indicted and charged.

Do I think that players should be hung because they used steroids? Not at all. I think the steroids era included thousands of players that we will never know about, but a man who point-blank lies to his fans and the Federal Government deserves everything he gets.

I am tired of hearing Andy Pettitte referred to as a “role model” and “the most honest man in baseball.”  Pettitte is as guilty as Clemens when it comes to using steroids, and he lied to the public once before he was forced to tell the truth. Pettitte isn’t stupid, however. He told the truth when it mattered most, and he will be forgiven by the public and his fans.

Either way, I hope that this topic goes away soon. I am tired of it overshadowing the glow that spring training brings at this time of year.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get back to the ballpark where the cost of beer is the most scandalous topic.