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Documents reveal a grim story

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just spent some time reading the depositions on line. A few things stuck out for me:

1. It’s amazing to me that professional athletes like Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte would entrust their careers and health to somebody like Brian McNamee, who essentially had phony credentials and a checkered past. How do their agents let this slip? Or the teams? One would hope that this situation would lead to players looking into who works for them. The Yankees hired this guy and gave him a uniform based solely on Clemens wanting him. How can that happen?

2. When you read Andy Pettitte’s statement, he comes off like a good old boy who would probably be working at a gas station if he didn’t have that great left arm. Nice guy, means well, just got caught up with the wrong crowd and then did things he didn’t really want to do. It doesn’t excuse what he did. But he certainly doesn’t seem like some cheating creep.

3. It would appear the Yankees give out B-12 shots like Snickers bars on Halloween. Never mind that don’t seem to actually help.

4. Based on what the players involved said, it seems like we (the press and the fans) maybe hear of five percent of the shots and medications these guys take, and those are the legal ones. These guys are walking pharmacies. You have to wonder what’s going to happen to some of these guys when they’re 50. Is it worth it?

5. A whole lot of lawyers made a whole lot of money. When the investigators interviewed Yankees trainer Gene Monahan (who didn’t have any information whatsoever), there were seven lawyers involved.

Unfortunately we haven’t heard the end of this. If the Justice Dept. chases this, it’s going to start over again. Meanwhile, the world is going to descend on Tampa on Monday to hear what Pettitte says.




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