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Pettitte Pulls a Giambino, Rocket Pulls a.... Rocket
Monday, December 17, 2007
Since the Mitchell report was released on Thursday and the world finally had access to a definitive and irrefutable list of players that cheated (because nothing says "definitive and irrefutable" like a report with approximately 2 sources and much of the evidence that essentially amounts to some trainers speculating about their clients), the players on said list have had a difficult choice. That choice, of course, is to either do some serious apologizing and groveling for forgiveness or vehemently deny the allegations and make excuses. Of the several Yanks on the list (blah...), the two that were on the team last year - Dandy Andy and The Rocket - decided to handle the public exposure of their dirty little secret in opposite ways.

Regardless of whether you've read these tales on one of the million other baseball sites and/or blogs (what, Yankees Chick isn't the only baseball site you read? FOR SHAME), you shouldn't be the least bit surprised to know that it is Pettitte who is doing the acknowledging and apologizing and Clemens that is the denier. To be honest, Pettitte's apology wasn't really the most remorseful statement I've ever heard...
"If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize. I accept responsibility for those two days."
Well... That's great and all, Dandy Andy, but I wouldn't exactly call that regret. "If" it was an error in your judgment? I'm pretty sure I'd call it an error in your judgment. If you're going to apologize, why not make it an actual apology? Even if you don't really mean it? Now don't get me wrong, I still love Pettitte, and I appreciate the fact that at least he had the decency to admit it at all, regardless of what he actually said. Additionally, I hope it is true that it was only to "rehab from an injury" (although I don't think HGH actually helps you heal, but perhaps he was misinformed? Tricked? Let's believe that) - that would make it a bit easier for us all to forgive and forget.

As for the Rocket, he chose the denial route - vehemently:
"Roger has been repeatedly tested for these substances and he has never tested positive. There has never been one shred of tangible evidence that he ever used these substances and yet he is being slandered today." (from Roger's attorney Rusty Hardin.)
He is correct that there doesn't seem to be any tangible evidence in Mitchell's report (and again, there really doesn't seem to be any concrete evidence on a lot of the guys on the list), but it doesn't bode too well for him that Pettitte, who shares the same trainer, admitted to usage. That doesn't necessarily implicate him, but if he honestly and truly did NOT juice, he is probably going to have to do a LOT of denying to get the world to believe him. Some folks are even speculating that the juice speculation might prompt him to come back for yet another year, so that he can end his career on a better note. Is that the best idea? Actually, it might be. I'd take him.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, December 17, 2007  
  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    While Pettitte's apology wasn't the greatest, he did what I think a majority of the public wanted to know. He admitted that he used them and that's one thing I wanted. I wanted complete honesty if the name was on the list. If not, I expected some sort of legal action taken by the player.

    What does this do for Clemens now? You have to think Andy consulted Roger before making the admission.

  • At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Glad to see you finally weigh in on this, been missing your commentary.
    Do we know if HGH can be a treatment to heal an elbow, such as a shot of cortisone might do? May there be a fine line here, as we all know someone who is not a jock but has gotten a cortisone shot for tendinitis or whatnot. I agree that Petitte took the higher ground, but do not know if it was high enough. Obviously flat out denial in face of proof is not the high ground, and while I would hate to convict the Rocket on evidence presented, I seriously doubt that Rocket will prevail in a libel suit against Mitchell.

  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger Josh said…

    I think Pettitte's apology can be interpretted in one of two ways. Either he really doesn't think he's wrong and apologizing because he feels he has to, and some think he's wrong.

    Alternatively, he could know he's wrong, but can't admit it for fear of suspension. He's still an active player and by using the words "if", he doesn't admit breaking any baseball rules and thus is on safer ground.

  • At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Kristin said…

    Josh- I kind of disagree with that. Sure, he could think he did nothing wrong (which I don't believe) or it could be a grey area where he hedged his apology because he doesn't necessarily think wanting to come back fast to help his team is an error in judgment. There are a lot of ways to look at this.

    Also, I think someone like him being singled out because he's a Yankee might be pretty steamed if other guys on other teams doing the exact same thing were protected or ignored by this report. You know more people used that stuff than just those in the report.

    I do agree, though, that there is a fine line between this and a cortisone shot. The actual steroid users are the ones I think need to clean up their act.

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