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Mike Piazza’s wife says Mike thinks Roger Clemens was on steroids during the whole broken bat incident (Video)

Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens do not like each other. That’s about as much of a well-kept baseball secret as Ozzie Guillen’s temper. As far as the courts are concerned, Clemens did not lie about taking steroids. Whether you choose to believe he did or not is totally up to you. As you can see from the TMZ.com video above, Piazza’s wife and former Playmate Alicia Rickter has no problem selling him out and letting the world know his personal opinions.

I don’t think anyone could blame Mike if he did think Clemens was on steroids during the 2000 World Series. A lot of people not named Jose Canseco think Clemens took steroids, and those people didn’t have the other half of their shattered broken bat spiked at them as though they broke it intentionally to try to hurt Roger. Judging by some of the stuff Piazza said while doing his best Peter from “Office Space” impression, you can tell he does not like Clemens. You can also tell he didn’t want to talk about it but his wife (who may or may not have had a couple of cocktails during dinner) forced him into it.

My personal favorite part had to be when Piazza called Clemens a “great pitcher” and his wife’s jaw dropped. I’m guessing somebody doesn’t have nice things to say about The Rocket when the cameras aren’t rolling.

H/T Hardball Talk

Jose Canseco says he believes Roger Clemens never took steroids

When it comes to people with knowledge of steroids and the way they were used across Major League Baseball, nobody beats Jose Canseco. Since he wrote his book “Juiced,” Jose has established a fairly solid track record of identifying those who cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs. With the Roger Clemens trial getting uglier by the day, it’s starting to look like The Rocket may never get caught, assuming he used steroids. According to Canseco, that is not an assumption we should be making.

“I ain’t no f***ing liar,” Canseco told CBS Boston when asked if he protected Clemens in his book. “I believe (Clemens). You have to understand this, everyone came to me for steroids and information back then, I was the man, period. He never brought it up that he ever wanted to use it, acquire it period. Roger to me was the straightest guy I’ve ever seen in my life, I never saw him cheat on his wife, I never saw him flirt, nothing.”

Canseco is seen by many as a traitor and a rat, which is why he says “Juiced” has ruined his life despite the fact that he was trying to fix what was wrong with baseball. However, his reason for believing Clemens doesn’t exactly make Clemens innocent. Just because Roger never consulted Canseco about using steroids or brought it up to him does not mean Clemens never touched them. That being said, I do believe Canseco when he says he did not protect Clemens in his book. Protecting Clemens would mean selling less copies, and we all know Jose has tremendous respect for the power of the dollar.

Two jurors have been dismissed from the Roger Clemens trial for sleeping

I haven’t been following the Roger Clemens trial because, quite frankly, I don’t care. I’m tired of Clemens. I’m tired of talk about performance-enhancing drugs. I don’t think, at this point, the findings of a government-led witch hunt are going to change many people’s opinion of Clemens. I’m definitely not a legal junkie. And, honestly, I’m not really a fan of “celebrity” trials that don’t involve decidedly sordid or salacious subject matter. (It’s true. Michael Jackson and O.J. Simpson have spoiled me). I’m completely indifferent to the whole spectacle.

Apparently I’m not the only one failing to muster any interest in this case. Here’s the AP:

The trial is in its fifth week, and the tedium cost the proceedings another member of the jury Tuesday. Juror No. 1, a supermarket cashier, became the second member of the panel to be dismissed for sleeping. Her departure leaves 14 jurors, including two alternates.

So there you go. The most interesting piece of information from the Clemens trial thus far is that two people have been kicked off the jury because of how boring it is.

That might be as good as this trial gets. But if you’re desperate for anything else fascinating about this case, you might want to check out the profiles of the remaining jury members. Juror No. 3 likes reading and baking. Juror No. 8 enjoys photography and fabric art.

Photo credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Koby Clemens Banned from Winter League Baseball After Going AWOL

Roger Clemens’ 24-year-old son, Koby Clemens, was banned from winter league baseball last Wednesday.  Clemens, who has been in the Houston Astros farm system since 2005, had been playing winter ball with the Mayaguez Indians in Puerto Rico.  Last week, he abandoned the team without giving any reason for his departure.  According to a report from a Puerto Rican newspaper that was translated by Hardball Talk, the team has filed paperwork as a result which bans him from playing winter ball in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or Venezuela.

“The paperwork will explain that he didn’t give reasons for abandoning the team,” team owner Daniel Aquino explained. “With this document we’re meeting the rules of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which assert that no one who abandons a team without good reason can play in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or Venezuela … I’d like the fans and everyone else to know that we’re not looking to sanction Clemens. Even less do we wish to do him harm. We’re only following procedure.”

Naturally, the question now becomes why he did this.  Aquino said reports that Roger Clemens advised Koby to leave the team after Wilson Ramos was kidnapped are false.  Regardless of the reason, this sounds like something a high school freshman would pull if they were hoping to make varsity but only made the freshmen team.  Why a 24-year-old man would bail on a team without reason is pretty puzzling.

Report: Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi Drank Beer in the Dugout

As if we needed further confirmation that the Boston Red Sox aren’t the only team that has beer in its clubhouse, we now have reason to believe their biggest rivals have a history of imbibing as well.  Since the original report surfaced that the Sox starting pitchers drank and ate fast food during games this season, there has been a massive domino effect.  For the most part, the fans are outraged while the players insist having a few beers during the game is part of life in the MLB.

A.J. Pierzynski admitted players need a “rally beer” sometimes while Jack McKeon said he’s always had to lock the clubhouse to keep certain pitchers from heading in for a drink on days they aren’t starting.  On Thursday morning, the NY Daily News cited baseball insider sources who say Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi routinely drank beer in the dugout — something the Red Sox have vehemently denied ever having done.

According to one of the insiders, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens would routinely drink beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees, passing back and forth what Giambi called his “protein shake,” code for a cup of beer, the source said.

And they weren’t the only ones who partook. “Rally beers are big in the clubhouse,” one insider said. “Guys would drink them all the time, on the bench, in the clubhouse, in the training room. It’s common.”

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Clemens Beyond the Point of No Return

It’s been so long since Roger Clemens testified in front of Congress that I forgot about half the shenanigans that went down (except the now infamous “misremembers part”). Initially Clemens showed his feelings on the matter, saying he wouldn’t call PED users “cheaters.” In a pathetic effort to save himself, Clemens dragged his wife’s name through the mud and said Andy Pettitte had things mistaken.

Now Clemens doesn’t have much of a defense. Public opinion and Congressional opinion is now speaking and Clemens will have to face trial on charges of perjury obstruction of justice. Even though we all well know and believe that he was juicing since his Toronto days, he’s still maintaining steadfastly that he is innocent. Clemens is taking his lies so far that he is willing to go to jail for them. Here’s what he tweeted late Thursday:

I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.

Happy to have my day in court? Damn Roger, they will eat you alive and make you misremember even more. I can’t believe he’s so willing to enter the torture chamber. George Costanza wouldn’t even go this far.

Sources:
Roger Clemens on Twitter

Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez Formed the Yankees’ Man Boobs Tandem

So we had the story that Alex Rodriguez has been using roids since high school. A-Rod was also suspected of steroid use while he was a member of the Yankees (no surprise to me). Corroborating that story was Alex’s reputation for having “bitch tits” or “man boobs” caused by the anabolic steroids. Well apparently A-Rod wasn’t the only Yankee with a moob problem:

According to “American Icon,” a book by the Daily News sports investigative team that will be released on May 12, Roger Clemens also sprouted breasts as a result of anabolic steroid use.

“The medical term was gynecomastia, but around the clubhouse they called them “b—- t—” or “man boobs” – and heaven help the player who sprouted them in the middle of his career and then took his shirt off in the locker room,” the Daily News reporters wrote in “American Icon.”

I think my whole excuse for this post is to show the A-Rod on David Letterman video which is where Jose Canseco says you really see them. OK, so here it is:

Yup, I definitely saw it there. Now we know where the nickname comes from.