Also at Lohud, Pete reports that Roger Clemens may be uninvited from speaking at the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association next month. Roger is not talking about it or anything else to the press at this time.
Mariano Rivera, who yesterday finalized his 45 million dollar, three-year deal with the Yankees, told George King that he supports Andy Pettitte’s decision to come forward regarding HGH use. When questioned if he had ever considered it himself, Mo replied "I don’t even know what that was," Rivera said. "I am so naive I don’t even know what those things are. It never even crossed my mind to do those things. For me, those things don’t exist."
Meanwhile, Chad Curtis told of his shock in hearing Pettitte’s name on the report, but said he could understand the temptation under the circumstance of trying to return from injury to help the team. The article closes with quotes from Curtis that hit as close to the heart of the issue as any I have read.
"Decisions that were made hurt other guys," Curtis said. "How did that affect pay structure and who got what job? To me, a guy that was clean . . . I was going to be a starting outfielder on an average team and a backup outfielder on a good team. If everything was level, maybe I would have been a starter on a good team.
"How many times did that play out over the course of the years?"
Finally, there were many that decried the inclusion of Brian Roberts’ name in the Mitchell report based on the fact it was hearsay. Turns out that hearsay was accurate.