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Get Congress Out of Baseball!

Posted on: February 12, 2008 11:23 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2009 1:37 pm
What business does a congressional committee have in baseball affairs.  'Roids driven or otherwise?  Are they bored?  We don't have any wars, tax problems, illegal immigration, nagging lobbyist, etc?  I suppose I could raise a ruckus outside of the capital building.  Would that keep politicians away from the sport that i love?
    As I know, you all are aware, Roger Clemens is testifying that he has never taken steroids and the allegations by Brian McNamee in the "Mitchell Report" are undeniably false.  Brian McNamee, on the other hand, claims to have injected Clemens with steroids, several times.  More over he claims to have blood evidence.  Evidence that was not originally disclosed, when McNamee's accusations first came into the limelight.  Did Roger Clemens take steroids?  I don't know, and in all likelihood, I will never know for certain.  More importantly, I don't care.
    Regardless of how this situation shakes out, it will not make a large impact on the approaching season.  Furthermore, Roger Clemens is a Hall of Famer, either way. Say he took HGH/steroids in 2002 or whenever after.  He still has his years in Boston, with the Blue Jays and a couple of Championships with the Yankees.  Take away 2000-2004 and what is... a Hall of Famer.  No one, not a congressional committee, not Brian McNamee, and in a somewhere down the road, hundreds of sportswriters can take away from him.
    A day before the "Mitchell Report" came out Miguel Tejada was traded to the Houston Astros.  Many fans complained it was a mistake to trade for a player who may be named in the report, a day before it came out.  Their fears were confirmed when Tejada's name appeared the following day connected to steroids.  The question asked was, "How long will his suspension be?" But, no, no suspension was announced, a suspension remains to be unannounced.  However, Congress is now investigating into whether or not Tejada lied to them.  When he told a congressional committee a couple of years ago, that he was unaware of steroids in baseball, and he himself had never taken steroids.  Fans are no longer worried about a suspension hindering him from playing.  We are now wondering if Tejada will be in jail for the start of the season.  Jail? For what?  For lying to a committee of politicians, who are meddling in affairs they should not.  Essentially, they are threatening to imprison a man, and I do not believe Tejada's a citizen, for allegedly taking steroids.  This same situation could befall Clemens following his testimony.  Congress is baiting Clemens into testimony, so they can turn around and convict him (or McNamee) of perjury.  That is ridiculous.  Meanwhile, Congress has no intention of charging Rafael Palmeiro with perjury, who famously sternly pointed his finger at congress declaring, "I have never taken steroids."  Congress needs laissez-faire their role in baseball, and go back to what they are good at  -  like  -  increasing the deficit.
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