Baseball is around the corner and although at this time I would do a little preview and prediction for the upcoming season, sadly I am still bumming about the news last week that Roger Clemens is going to be under FBI investigation for perjury.
The saddest part is that I feel like I am one of possibly three people who still believe in him.
I understand that he is a massive public figure, and he is going to be under the watch of practically everybody.
Once you become famous, your privacy goes out the window and for Clemens the American public has transformed itself from humans to watchdogs.
When you look back to that fateful day the Mitchell Report was released, his was the only name that stood out of the more than the 80-plus players that were named for steroid usage.
In the first few weeks after the report was open to the public, Clemens finally stepped up and said that he is innocent of any accusations that were made against him.
The worst part was the aftermath that followed. Many people, fans or non-fans, did not believe him.
Practically everybody whose name was mentioned on that list has stepped up and confessed that they used steroids in baseball.
Congratulations, the monkey is off your bat. You cheated and now you can go on your merry way.
Why in the world do you let these guys get off scot-free when others who have gotten caught have to endure the 50-game suspension for the first offense?
Look, I am a guy who believes in forgive and forget, but let's look at this logically here.
Andy Pettitte poured himself out an apology for the ages for outing his former B.F.F. (That's best friends forever for those who aren't in the know), Clemens, saying that Clemens was injected with human growth hormone.
It's become the world against Clemens. He has fought so hard to say that he has been clean his entire 24-year career. For what?
I knew what to expect after he gave the interview to 60 Minutes, it was as if the trumpet sounded and somebody shouted: "Let the games begin."
Then came that infamous "What do you want me to do?" statement that came from McNamee in a taped conversation that was exposed to the public the very next day during a press conference for Clemens.
It all led to the Feb. 13 hearing between the two of them. What was shown was just as confusing as that taped conversation.
As they both took the stand in front of Congress, Clemens sat erect and looked like he was ready to stand his ground to prove that he was innocent.
He looked fine until he said, "misremembered." Can someone point that out in a dictionary, please?
I am willing to let that mistake slide. I know as a journalist I have had some times where I said some words that made no sense to coaches and players.
Overall, Clemens could have done a better job stating his case.
Also, the revelation of him allegedly being at a party with Jose Canseco hurts him too.
Yet Canseco denied any of that.
After that I thought to myself, "If Canseco did not out Clemens in his book 'Juiced,' shouldn't that account for something?"
In fact, Canseco believes he is innocent.
As for McNamee, he too could have done much better.
For the most part he was slumped in his chair and he rarely looked at the members of Congress.
He looked like a kid who was afraid to tell his father that he broke a window with his baseball.
McNamee also stood his ground, saying he is being honest about injecting Clemens with HGH.
It was extremely difficult to see who came out on top of the hearing.
It seemed like it was still inconclusive, but it did not change the way I felt about the whole thing.
Now it looks like Clemens is a lost cause. It seems like there is no way that he will come out of this a winner because of that report.
Somebody explain to me how McNamee is not being hounded about this? Why is he considered the honest one and Clemens is the one allegedly committing perjury?
I know that I have hounded Barry Bonds in the past about his possible steroid use, but until it is proven otherwise, he is still innocent.
Why can't the public think the same for Clemens?
I highly doubt that this is going to happen. But I'm hoping that he is cleared of all charges. Yet, it is more likely that I will make the Olympic team in basketball before that happens.
It's a sad time for me as a fan of Clemens. I still look back at the time he came out of retirement to join the Houston Astros back in 2004.
It was practically one of the highlights of my life.
When he went back to the New York Yankees last year, it was one of the lowlights of my life.
The bottom line is that I still see Clemens as a good guy. If it turns out that he is charged with perjury, I will be crushed.
Clemens is currently attending the Astros' training camp, but with cameras and reporters hounding him everyday about his investigation, there is no telling how long that will last.
It just seems unequal to me that McNamee is not getting the same type of treatment that Clemens is getting. He deserves to be investigated by the FBI as much as Clemens does.
It might seem like I'm just in denial, but at least I am aware that there are two sides of the story.
Juan Carlos Reyes is a sports reporter for the Record Star. Readers may contact him at 361-387-4511 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org