As we prepare for the annual Somebody Ask Roger Clemens To The Prom sweepstakes, Seth Mnookin reminds everyone that Clemens is pretty much as tied to steroid rumors as Barry Bonds is.
What's notable (to me, anyway), is how few people actually asking whether Clemens' remarkable endurance (some would say resurgence) is due to some kind of PED. After all, it's not like there's any shortage of red flags. Clemens is arguably one of two players — the second being Barry Bonds — whose Hall of Fame career was (is) capped (being capped) by his most dominant years coming after the age of 35. ...
Over the last year, more people have started to question Clemens's remarkable run, but even after the mini-imbroglio involving Clemens and the Grimsley affidavit, the vast majority of folks — fans, sportswriters, and team executives, and MLB officials — prefer to stick with their see-no-evil approach and hope the Rocket keeps on bringing fans to the ballpark.
It certainly is a nice touch that, after years of stories about how reporters kept their heads in the sand about steroids, they've immediately gone right back to it with Clemens, who, after all, was reported to be in the Jason Grimsley affidavit (unlike, say, ahem, Albert Pujols). Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want to see him strike some guys out? Strikeouts! Strikeouts!
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