Monday, May 5, 2008

Clemens apologizes, but not for anything

It's the classic apology you get out of a guilty six year old. The "I'm sorry" with no meaning behind it and no explanation of what he (or she) is sorry for.

This is exactly what troubled pitcher Roger Clemens has done through a statement in the Houston Chronicle in which he apologized to his family and the general public for mistakes he's made in his life. He made no mention of what those mistakes were other than to say it's not about performance enhancing drugs or an alleged affair with country singer Mindy McCready (which would've occurred when she was 15). He finishes by asking that we leave him and his family alone and to let them deal with these issues in private.

It sounds to me like he's regretting making himself such a focus in the public eye during recent congressional hearings on steroids usage in sports. A month ago he was challenging anyone and everyone to find dirt on him. Now that the tables have turned, he doesn't want to play.

It's always unfortunate to see such an illustrious career go down in flames, even when a player brings it on himself. Clemens' is hardly the first example of this and surely won't be the last. Truly sorry, indeed.

In other Bad Baseball news from Monday night...
This is more from the "no shit" department rather than a stat line, a true gem from Orel Hershiser on his guide to building a successful bullpen. It has five key components:

1) right-handed long reliever
2) left-handed long reliever
3) lefty specialist
3) set-up man
5) closer

Anything else, Orel? Are you sure about that? Is there a team out there that goes by any other formula?

Next week I hope he tells us the ideal way to win a game is to outscore your opponent, or the best way to get on base is to get a hit or draw a walk. The best part of Hershisher's break down was watching Steve Phillips (a former General Manager and long time baseball operations guy) and Dan Shulman (play-by-play) pretend to take him seriously. I get that Orel is in the booth more because of his name than his talent, but he could at least try.

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