On Deck: Saturday May 17, 2008 Mets-Yankees

New York Mets (20-19) at New York Yankees (20-22)   1:05pm

Johan Santana (4-2) vs. Andy Pettite (3-4)


What to watch: Supposedly the Mets cleared the air in the clubhouse. We’ll see if that lasts. The fans and blogs are calling for Willie Randolph to be fired but Omar Minaya gave him a vote of confidence before the rainout yesterday. Oh… by the way two of the biggest names in pitching over the last ten years are on the mound in this game.

Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, Drugs and Baseball

Unfortunately, I feel compelled to comment on today’s proceedings in DC. First, it’s a waste of time for highly paid government employees to be working on this case. Second, Clemens, Pettite, McNamee and others deserve the public shaming that they’re getting. Third, I almost wish that I didn’t know anything about the depth of steroid use in baseball.

It’s hard to decide whether Roger Clemens or Brian McNamee is a seedier character. They both seem untrustworthy. I didn’t watch the entire hearing today, but from what I did see Clemens seemed more evasive. McNamee seemed like he was more forthcoming in his answers. That’s just my gut reaction.

It’s difficult to imagine that Clemens’ wife, Andy Pettite, and Chuck Knoblauch all corroborate McNamee’s story and the lurid tales about injecting Roger Clemens are fabrications.

I’d like to think that members of Congress are exposing this public embarrassment for the purpose of educating kids that it’s wrong to take steroids. The reality is that it’s a great way for them to get their faces and names on public TV. That’s the sad motivation for us getting to see this tale of two liars play out in front of us.