Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Notes On A Hearing

Is Roger Clemens telling the truth?

How about Brian McNamee?

I've been watching and listening as they face a Congressional committee today, and I can easily find "evidence" to support either man.

Yet, in the words of Congressman Henry Waxman, "it's impossible to believe this is a simple misunderstanding...someone isn't telling the truth".

Aside from the posturing of some committee members (how about Missouri's William Lacy Clay asking Clemens what uniform he'll wear to the Hall of Fame?), there are genuine holes in both versions of the story. Neither, in my opinion, offers an open-and-shut case.

So where does this leave us? Exactly where we've been for years when it comes to baseball's Bulk-Up Era: pretty sure a lot of guys were juicing. Not 100% sure, but pretty sure.

I'm not sure it really matters any more that we get to the 100% certainty mark. We've all made our own decisions at a much more important level: in our guts.

And that's where we'll all judge today's testimony.

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