I know I promised to leavethis whole Rocket thing
alone until he makes his appearance before Congress. But the good folks atUSA Today
have caught Rocket in another of what is turning out to be many, many lies. So I can't let it go without commenting, or letting you know since I'm not sure how many of you readUSA Today
or check with theChron
As you may recall, Rocket says he was only contacted by Senator George Mitchell once about the report, and that Mitchell refused to provide any info about the allegations. And assuming he was being asked about the now debunked Jason Grimsley allegations, Clemens, on the advice of his attorney and the union, refused to speak to Mitchell.
But it's now being reported that Mitchell twice tried to contact Clemens, and that in his letters, Mitchell provided the dates of Clemens' suspected use -- the dates provided by McNamee.
Mitchell sent his requests through the union, and with both requests, Clemens refused to be interviewed. In his first request, Mitchell stated that the player would be provided the details of the allegation during the interview, according to USA Today. "We identified the year(s) during which the alleged use had occurred and the club(s) with which the players were then affiliated," Mitchell wrote. "Roger Clemens was one of the players listed in those letters."
The thing is, you would think that Rusty Hardin, at least, would know not to question George Mitchell's integrity, even if Rocket didn't. Yet question they did. It's just like Rocket's done his best Ricky Vaughn and has walked the bases loaded on 12 straight pitches and now he's facing Mike Piazza. The question is: Does Rocket pitch to Piazza, or throw at his head? Either way he loses. And George Mitchell is a far more formidable opponent than anyone that Clemens has ever faced.
The bases are loaded, and the team's about to lose its lead, but this time, Rocket doesn't have Mariano Rivera to bail him out, and Rusty Hardin's making Brad Lidge look reliable. Holy Toledo, Rocket. Holy Toledo. – John Royal
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