Good News for the Rocket. This poor man was unfairly crucified by the bigoted anti-Yankee media and justice was served.
Not in the sense on whether he actually did PED's of some sort or not. We all can guess the truth on that particular issue. The justice I refer to in my post is that of this meaningless lynch mob over an issue where the vast majority of steroid users will never face any punishment or criticism.
The fact is no one bears the moral superiority in the baseball community as all involve deserve scorn(the Players Union, the owners and of course Bud). And never should it be put squarly upon one individual like it was for that stinging moment after the dubious Mitchell Report was released. Roger and Andy were obviously singled out in an investigation that was as lame and incompetent as the man overseeing it. As we all know, Mr. Geprge Mitchell was not intelligent, or honest, enough to investigate his OWN former ballclub in Beantown. This competely invalidates his integrity and anti-Yankee biased report.
In conclusion, Clemens has earned some praise for not allowing a bunch of scumbags to competely destroy him because he knew the scrutinity was unfair. The man work regiment truly save his career too much, plus ya add in his ego, made him too proud to see the truth. But perhaps when a mainly decent and genuine sportsman like Clemens is challenged in an all or nothing charge of having your entire career being slimed- I don't blame him. Plus, like every big player of this past era knows, there are too many fellow big time players who are just as dirty and will never get caught. Its hard to have honesty or respect for a rule no one ever took seriously until it was too late. I feel bad for Roger, like many a tarnished legend, the PED's were probably were just for recovery purpose and not truly for enhancing his skills.
Naive? Probably. Still, looking back at this tainted era, I can't find a way to vilify any single MLB player when I know there too so many equally dirty player who will never face any scorn. Plus, these guilty ball players were all seduced or coerced into implementing some sort of PED's into their protocol because of the culture that stimulated it so well.
Hope we all can find some forgivness for Roger... he deserves some love and respect for all the great baseball he gave us in particular and hopefully someday he gets his day to shine in Cooperstown.