LADY AT THE BAT: I Have Questions: Does The Rocket Have Answers?

Friday, December 28, 2007

I Have Questions: Does The Rocket Have Answers?

Roger Clemens has ducked the media ever since the Mitchell Report came out. So now that he has "agreed" to be interviewed on "60 Minutes" by his friend Mike Wallace, writers and broadcasters everywhere are filing their If I Were Mike Wallace reports. I'm hearing things like, "I'd ask him point blank, 'Did you use steroids or HGH?' or, 'What would you say to Brian McNamee if you were face to face?' and, 'What do you think of Andy Pettitte's admission of HGH use?'" Yadda, yadda, yadda...

Mr Wallace probably will ask these very questions, or some variation of them. Clemens probably will not provide any earth-shattering answers and will continue to deny using steroids and HGH. Sounds like a big waste of time to me. I'd bet you could ask Clemens anything in that interview and you wouldn't get any meaningful answers. So why bother with the Mitchell Report? Here's what I'd ask:

1) When you signed your last contract with the Yankees earlier this year, you revealed that George Steinbrenner confided in you about something and it was instrumental in getting you to come out of retirement. You said you'd share what he told you at the end of the season. The season ended two months ago. What did Mr Steinbrenner tell you?

2) Roger, let's talk about Mike Piazza. Did you throw at him because you couldn't get him out? Why couldn't you get him out?

3) You said Andy Pettitte was a big reason you came back to pitch for the Astros several years ago. Can a teammate be that influential? What do you have to say about those who believe money and not Pettitte was a major reason for your comeback?

4) The names of all of your children begin with the letter "K" for strikeout. People have said this is proof that you're self-absorbed. What do you have to say about that?

Just a few things for The Rocket to ponder! Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to the Mike Wallace interview. Clemens also is supposed to make himself available to the rest of the media after the interview airs. The evening of January 5, 2008 should be very interesting, indeed.

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