LOS ANGELES -- Busy trying to get his Dodgers back into contention, manager Joe Torre did not see video footage Monday of Roger Clemens' arraignment in Washington, D.C., earlier in the day on charges of lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or performance-enhancing drugs.
But Torre's heart was with the pitcher who helped him win two World Series titles with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000.
"I feel bad," said Torre, who managed Clemens with the Yankees from 1999-2003 and again in 2007. "I texted him today and said, "I'm thinking about you.' He sent back a text and said thank you.
"Roger's sort of like my son. He certainly wasn't anything like I thought he was when I watched him across the field.
"I really like Roger. I don't know what the right thing is to have happen."
Stubborn to a fault, Clemens entered a not guilty plea and insists he will fight the charges.
"When Roger says something, he believes it," Torre said. "I don't know what it is that causes that. But he's a very proud individual."
Likes: The front three in the Phillies rotation -- Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt -- is worth the price of admission. ... Love the MLB Network when I’m home. They've done a first-rate job. ... Sad, sad story in Detroit, where former Pistons PR man Matt Dobek committed suicide recently. This column from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press is heartfelt and outstanding. ... First few listens to John Mellencamp's No Better Than This: Love it. ... Picked up The Morning Miracle, the new Dave Kindred book looking at the Washington Post's struggle for survival. Looks pretty good. ... Tough loss in Friday's opener for my boys from Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central, 43-28 to Detroit Crockett in the high school football opener, but I see a strong bounce-back against Monroe Jefferson this Friday.
Dislikes: Manny, Manny, Manny. He never leaves a situation better than he found it. ... How can school be starting already?
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"Save some time to dream
"Save some time for yourself
"Don’t let your time slip away
"Or be stolen by somebody else
"Save some time for those you love
"For they’ll remember what you gave
"Save some time for the songs you sing
"And the music that you’ve made"
-- John Mellencamp, Save Some Time to Dream