In 1985, Laura Joffe Numeroff wrote a wonderful children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The simple act of giving a mouse a cookie took a young boy on many adventures, which have entertained millions of children. Had she known about Roger Clemens in 1985, her now classic tale might have gone like this:
If you give Roger Clemens a steroid,
he’s going to ask you to understand.
When you tell him you understand,
he’ll probably ask you to keep quiet.
When he’s finished, he’ll ask you to clean it up.
Then he’ll want to look in the mirror
to make sure he has fame.
When he looks in the mirror,
he might notice he needs more power.
So he’ll probably ask you for a different vitamin supplement.
When he’s finished giving himself the new steroids,
he’ll want a broom to sweep it up.
He’ll start sweeping.
He might get carried away and sweep every aspect of his life.
He may end up lying under oath as well.
When he’s done,
he’ll probably want to hide.
You’ll have to fix up the mess he’s brought you into, with lies and cover ups.
He’ll ignore you,
make himself comfortable and try to come back a few times.
He’ll probably ask you to keep lying.
So you’ll read some statements to important people,
and he’ll ask you one day to show the proof.
When he looks at the proof,
he’ll get so upset he’ll want to harm you any way he can.
So he’ll ask for paper and lawyers.
He’ll pay the lawyers to draw a picture.
When the picture is finished, he’ll want to make sure his name is cleared.
With a pen.
Then he’ll want to hang his triumph on your refrigerator.
Which means he’ll need you to fall.
Looking at the refrigerator will remind him that
He can get away with anything.
he’ll ask for everyone to understand.
And chances are if he asks everyone to understand,
he’s going to want forgetting about the steroids to go with it.