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Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:06 am
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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.

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"And the music that you’ve made"

-- John Mellencamp, Save Some Time to Dream

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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

Clemens is a true basbeball hero. He is the epitome of what baseball became after the great Rickey Henderson held out for the million dollar contract. Lets face it the 80s brought in the era of BIG MONEY not just hey I am rich but I have more money than I know what to do with. It also brought in a generation of players who needed to get paid more than the next guy. I often wondered why a guy needed to be paid the most. What could you buy at 16 million a year for 10 years you  cant at 14 mill a year for 10 years? The ego on these players surpassed the desire to win and the only thing to assuage that ego was MONEY! The owners didnt care how they got there because they were rolling in cash. There are very few payers who do not follow this theory. Lets face it most play for cash. There is no downside of losing. If I made 10 mill a year sure I would want to win but if I lost I would say the same stuff all these guys say now. This story shouldne be abou tClemens but how baseball arrived at this point. GREED corrupted the game.

Lastly, Piazza didnt charge the mound because he was soft. Piazza had very little heart and it showed. I wish there was more because I like Piazza but look at his career. The softest numbers ever.



Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:37 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

Maybe he can share a whole cell block with Paris Hilton for a month... NOW that's punishment~!



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

true baseball hero?  Are you a Yankee or Redsox fan?  He's a cheat. Piazza should have taken that broken bat and put it where the sun dont shine.



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

Torre, you are a turd.  2 weeks ago you were quoted as saying " I never asked, because I didnt want to know" when you were asked if you had ever asked Clemens if he was using PED's while you were his manager.  You knew he was using, and you loved it because he was your ace, and helped you win all of those games, win some rings, and get paid, A LOT of money.  Dont say you feel bad now.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

I love this line :

Stubborn to a fault, Clemens entered a not guilty plea and insists he will fight the charges.

Is it so completely out of the realm of possibility this guy is telling the truth? Is Macnamee a known liar, former disgraced police officer for falsifying evidence so believable?

We should all feel bad for several reasons. One we all knew baseball was full of drug users and cheaters, we all went to the games, Players, owners and managers all got rich, the media refued to acknowledge its existance and the ones who did were laughed at and lastly the worst part innocent until proven guilty. What are we fighting in this country for? Why have so many given their lives to protect some basic american fundamental rights? IF Clemens is guilty throw the book at him and he should be ashamed deserving any punishment he deserves. But if found innocent all these writers, broadcasters and people owe him a big apology. BUT, that wll never happen because we live in a world of hypocrites who NEVER do anything wrong.



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

Why should I feel bad for him ( clemens) ? He stole fame and fortune just like any sports personalityif these men and women were not getting the $$$ that these owners poured out: where whould Barry be? or conseco or A-rod or Manny or any of them...it is a shame that while some players have been true to their sportothers have made the sport look badand now ? I want to see a pro "legend" go to jail for lying not probation or a fine but jail time and a big fine and no admission to the HOF.. in any sport.....



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

When this nutcase threw part of a shattered bat at Piazza's feet, I lost all respect.  Then he had the gaul to say he thought it was the ball!!  Then why are you throwing at a player and not to first base?  What a childish, rageaholic thing to do.  Clemens - idiot for that move and why he wasn't ejected that night is a mystery. 




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:23 pm
 

Torre on Clemens: "I feel bad"

I think it's ironic that a group of professional liars (the congress) is trying to procecute a true baseball hero.  Let's see what the chain of custody was for the "evidence".


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