I’m not Rogers Clemens’ biggest fan — never have been, dating back to the mid 80s, really — but I agree with Fred Faour that the ostracization of the Rocket has gotten a bit silly:
Ask yourself: Did you cheer Roger Clemens when he pitched? Barry Bonds when he homered? Did you celebrate Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in their roid-rage race to history? Did you buy tickets — and put money in the owner’s pocket — just to see them play?
Knowing what you know now, if they helped your team win, would you cheer them again? Answer that one honestly, and you’ll realize how silly it is to ostracize Clemens.
Yes, he is an arrogant jerk who would be much more sympathetic if he apologized. Many postulate that if he would just come clean, he would be forgiven.
Andy Pettitte gets a pass for his HGH use because he came out and admitted using it (sort of). Pettitte is just as big a liar and a cheat. Does anyone really believe those were the only times he used it? But a nice, “Aw, shucks. Sorry guys,” and he is off the hook.
Clemens refused to go that route, and he gets dragged in front of Congress so a bunch of idiots can be on ESPN. “Look, honey, did you see me ask a stupid question to Roger Clemens? Do you think he will sign my baseball?”
If I was his guardian angel I would take him back to December 2007 and give him the chance for a big do-over, because everything he has done since then has been pretty stupid, but I don’t really see the percentage in continuing to treat him like he killed people or something.