This Story's Getting Bigger
Don't expect any resolution of the he-said, he-said squabble between Rogers Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
The way it looks is that Clemens is going to stick to his story and McNamee isn't backing down an inch. The congressmen can ask all the questions they want, but they don't have the ability to thoroughly examine evidence and make it clear which of these, ahem, gentlemen is lying his butt off here.
It may be rivetting TV, but it'll still be he-said, he-said when the smoke clears.
From McNamee's point-of-view, it's probably somewhat ominous that Andy Pettitte, Clemens' buddy, has now been excused from testifying. Pettitte has already publically corroborated McNamee's statements to some degree, and it's an intriguing question why the former trainer would lie about one player (Clemens) and tell the truth about another (Pettitte).
Remove Pettitte from the picture, however, and its just Clemens vs. McNamee, an easier fight for the pitcher.
Meanwhile, an even more damaging story may have erupted today, albeit through the disgraced John Rocker, a former major league pitcher.
Rocker says back in 2000 that he and other players, including Alex Rodriguez, were counselled by Texas Rangers management and baseball union officials on how to more effectively use steroids.
Hey, isn't that the team George Bush once owned?
Like Jose Canseco, Rocker is easy to discredit because of his checkered past. But it's a controversial angle on baseball's steroid story, one that draws a direct link between player use and possible insider knowledge in the upper levels of the game.
Of course, anyone who thought the owners, Bud Selig and the union was completely unaware of what players were injecting into their bodies has been living in a fairy tale land.